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John M. " 16 Most people at the time believed that Chivington's part in the massacre had dashed any hopes he had for a career in politics. Denver's newspapers took strong and partisan stands in the election debates, endeavoring to shape public discourse and subsequent action through editorial opinion. 17 In 1886, the city had four major dailies: The Rocky Mountain News, first published as a weekly on 23 April 1859, was the undisputed leader of the pack. Indeed, its favorite sport appeared to be "hyphen-bashing," which was the way it related to its morning competitor, the Tribune-Republican.

Like similar areas in other cities, this section of Denver was a breeding ground for the crime and criminals that accompany the impoverished in their will to survive. The Denver of Brown's Bluff was not the Denver of the city's blacks. Although they were not strangers in the city, having been among its first citizens in 1858, theirs was a segregated existence. Denver's black population was mostly confined to the lower socioeconomic strata, although there were a few exceptional individuals such as Barney L.

Yet, fears of being deprived of person and/or property also continue to escalate. The very legislatures that pass new laws fail to consider the social costs until they are bluntly reminded of the injustices they have created when their containment vessels erupt in the form of prison riots. In February 1793, the Pennsylvania Senate approved a series of resolutions establishing a greater proportionality between crimes and punishments. They did this by creating the categories of first and second degree murder, thereby reducing the number of potential public executions while responding to the growing realization that not all murders were premeditated.

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