October 23rd, 2018 2:57 PM
THE HISTORY OF EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT
The French Revolution Popularized The Practice (Really)
—“Every society has had forms of extrajudicial punishments, including murder. The legal and cultural antecedents of American lynching were carried across the Atlantic by migrants from the British Isles to colonial North America. Collective violence was a familiar aspect of the early modern Anglo-American legal landscape. Group violence in the British Atlantic was usually nonlethal in intention and result. In the seventeenth century, in the context of political turmoil in England and unsettled social and political conditions in the American colonies, there arose rebellions and riots that took multiple lives.”—
In Anglo Saxon Culture, The MILITIA solved problems of enemies of the people. Judicial Resolution of disputes was meant to resolve conflicts between members of the polity in order to prevent retaliation cycles (feuds).
The “Politicization” of extra-judicial punishment was a product of the French Revolution and then spread to the Antebellum era in the states.