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The Crime Report and the Sealy Library Archives

The Crime Report, the web publication of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay, has begun a collaborative series with the Sealy Library examining the history of crime and punishment through the resources of the Library archives.  The first piece, "The Mann Act: Anatomy of a Law", examines the nationwide scare about the “white slave traffic” through the lens of the trial of Belle Moore, a "mulatto madam"—as the press of the day termed her—who was arrested on a charge of selling two young white women into prostitution in 1910.  The full transcript of this sensational trial is available online through the article, as well as through the Library’s web archive, Crime in New York 1850-1950, where other fascinating transcripts can be viewed.