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Colonial America (1492-1776)
Law Enforcement and Firefighting

Colonial America (1492-1776)
Colonial America (1492-1776)


Law Enforcement and Firefighting
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.56

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    fining, whipping, burning, provided, colonial, criminal, posse, community, witchcraft, punishment, offense, illegal, prisoner, armed, bolted, murder
     content words:    New York


Law Enforcement and Firefighting
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Any community can have its problems, and it wasn't any different in the settlements built by the first American colonists. Criminals committed illegal acts. Careless actions started fires.
 
2     Some of the crimes were the same ones that make the headlines today - murder, kidnapping, and theft. At that time, cursing a parent was also a criminal offense. All of these activities were illegal according to the laws of England. Some things that were illegal in the colonies are not much of a problem today, such as stealing pigs.
 
3     Fires were a problem for the communities too, since houses were usually built of wood, and a fire could spread quickly. With fireplaces used for heat and candles and lanterns used for light, fire was a constant threat.
 
4     To deal with these problems, the colonists needed law enforcement officials and firefighters.

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