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Against the gallows : antebellum American writers and the movement to abolish capital punishment

Author: Paul C Jones
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul C Jones
ISBN: 9781609380489 1609380487 9781609380496 1609380495
OCLC Number: 713567401
Description: x, 230 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Haunted by the gallows: Antebellum American literature and capital punishment --
The politics of poetry: The democratic review and anti-gallows verse in 1840s America --
The American Newgate novel: Antebellum crime fiction and anti- gallows sympathy --
Walt Whitman's anti-gallows writing: The appeal to Christian sympathy --
Women's anti-gallows writing: The sentimental strategy of E.D.E.N. Southworth --
Herman Melville's Billy Budd: The legacy of antebellum anti-gallows literature.
Responsibility: Paul Christian Jones.

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In "Against the Gallows," Jones demonstrates the vitality and variety of anti death penalty sentiment in antebellum literature. Jones discusses well-known and lesser known literary works, Read more...

 
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