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Law and Order in the West

Law and Order in the West

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No organised system of law and order
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1840s and 50s
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Difficult to get law officials West
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Huge remote area
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There was no railway to the West
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Before 1869
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This meant many criminals like Wyatt Earp became town marshals
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Law men were poorly paid
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Enforced law in towns and counties
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Marshals and sheriffs
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Often picked on innocent people
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Vigilantes
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Had problems of claim jumping, gambling and prostitution
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Mining towns
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Had no form of appeal for those who felt they were treated unfairly
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Miners courts
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Gamblingand drinking lead to fights
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Cowtowns
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Were not prepared to pay taxes for law and order
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Singlemen like cowboys and miners
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Lead the demand for more effective law and order
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Homesteaders and their families
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Involved homesteaders and cattlemen
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Conflicts on the Plains
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Stopped arguments over crops being trampled and disputes over water
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Barbed wire and windpumps
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Wyoming cattle barons hired gunmen to drive homesetaders out of the state
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Johnson County war 1892
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Were exaggerated and glamourised in dime novels
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The activities of outlaws like Billy the Kid
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Abilene banned cowboys
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1872
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By banning guns
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Problems in cowtons were solved
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Could apply to become states and control law and order locally which made it more efficient
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Areas with 60,000 people
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