Antedating of "Kangaroo Court"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 11 03:53:29 UTC 2011

kangaroo court (OED 1853)

1841 _Daily Picayune_ (New Orleans) 24 Aug. 2 (America's Historical Newspapers)  The Concordia Intelligencer says "several loafers were lynched in Natchez last week upon various charges instituted by the Kangaroo court. ..."  What is a Kangaroo court, neighbor?

Fred Shapiro
YALE BOOK OF QUOTATIONS (Yale University Press)

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