By Michael Macilwee
Within the 19th century Liverpool received an unenviable popularity because the such a lot crime-ridden position within the nation. Dock robbery, alcohol-related crime, prostitution, sectarian violence, a excessive point of woman offending and armies of youth thieves made Liverpool a unique felony panorama, 'the black spot at the Mersey'. utilizing modern newspapers and journals (both neighborhood and national), autobiographies and first-hand debts gleaned from parliamentary and felony reviews, Michael Macilwee explores the social heritage, stipulations and occasions that helped create and maintain the range and excessive point of illegal activity in Liverpool. The publication presents bills, data and research of felony practices starting from poaching to pocket-picking to prostitution. It additionally makes house for the voices of the long-forgotten Liverpool bad and participants of the so-called 'criminal classes', exhuming attention-grabbing first-person bills of explanations, fears and aspirations lengthy buried in information. Macilwee additionally considers the ways that numerous associations, together with the police, courts, prisons, church buildings and philanthropic corporations, tried to deliver order to the streets and increase the behaviour of the Liverpool public. eventually, the e-book means that we're nonetheless being affected by the legacy of Victorian social difficulties and their attainable strategies, fairly relating to debates approximately alcohol, prostitution and the usefulness of legal as a punishment.