Black act

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the English statute 9 George I, which makes it a felony to appear armed in any park or warren, etc., or to hunt or steal deer, etc., with the face blackened or disguised. Subsequent acts inflicting heavy penalties for malicious injuries to cattle and machinery have been called black acts.

See also: Black

References in classic literature ?
Tom Platt caught a Maine man in the black act and knocked him over the gunwale with an oar, and Manuel served a fellow-countryman in the same way.
Thompson, Whigs and Hunters: The Origin of the Black Act (New York 1975); MARHO, ed.
Though they never brandished their politics like some bands, the Rascals truly lived theirs, fighting discrimination by demanding that a black act appear on the bill at each of its concerts.
In reprisal, the 1723 Black Act measure criminalized any sojourn, without benefit of clergy, into wooded regions while in disguise or blackened face.
This black act shrouded what should have been another memorable day when, at Gleneagles in Scotland, the leaders of the world's eight most poweful states pledged pounds 30bn to help Africa's poorest fight their way out of poverty.
A third major black act, Ms Dynamite, will also play in the London concert at Hyde Park.
Thompson's classic study, Whigs and Hunters (1975), tells the story of the Black Act of 1723, "an act for the more effectual punishing of wicked and evil-disposed persons going armed in disguise" (1975: 270).
Although it is tempting to see the notorious Black Act of 1723 being a major influence on views on trespass, it was more likely an over-reaction to a regional rather than a widespread problem.
Only one black act per program was the rule, and there were no black soloists.
The Origins of the Black Act (Pantheon), the great British scholar E.
In a century we will look back on today's penal practices with scarcely less surprise than the way we currently see, say the 1723 Black Act, which introduced 50 new hanging offences, including one for 'hiding in a forest while disguised.
The subject is very complex," said FranE*oise Sampermans, a member of the jury, "but you managed to make it easy to understand through the Men in Black act, which also employs humor.