History Now 20 (Summer 2009)

High Crimes and Misdemeanors

From the Editor

Modern headlines often carry news of scandals, crimes, corruption, and violence. When historians study this darker side of life, they hope to use the events as windows on a particular era, shedding light on its cultural and religious values, its social tensions, and its political and diplomatic struggles. In this issue of History Now, four noted scholars examine a wide range of events, from the witchcraft trials of the seventeenth century to the twentieth century political scandals of the Harding era. Each of these unique events can be used...More »