Law and Order

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Law and order were vital in colonial America. A person paid a fine for lying, calling somebody a name, or being rude. If someone committed a crime, he was whipped or had his crime burned onto his hand. Others were placed in stocks with a card around their necks with the name of the crime. Passer-by would throw rotten food and mud at them. Someone could be hanged for stealing a single small silver spoon. Men who talked back to their wives were publicly drowned. If you misbehaved at school, you were whipped. Children who talked in class had a stick, which was called a whisper-stick, placed in their mouth. Students who did not pay attention ether wore a dunce’s cap or a sign that read ‘idle’. They made these punishments because the governor wanted to cause public shame. The colonists kept strict law and order.

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