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Chapter 2: Homicide in the 20th-Century United States: Trends and Patterns

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Homicide in the 20th-Century United States: Trends and Patterns
Homicide in the 20th-century United States: Trends and patterns
MargaretA.Zahn
PatriciaL.McCall

This chapter reviews trends and patterns of homicide in the United States for almost a full century, from 1900 to 1996.1 It presents an analysis of changing trends, a portrait of the dominant types of homicide in different periods of American history, and some analysis of the populations who are differentially affected through time by this type of violent death. Because no fully national databases exist for the entire century, the portrait of American homicide that follows is a composite derived from available national sources and a review of major studies in different periods.

Homicide Data Sources

The next chapter by Marc Riedel will discuss the sources of data that ...

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