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Against the gallows [electronic resource] : antebellum American writers and the movement to abolish capital punishment / Paul Christian Jones.

Author/Creator:
Jones, Paul C., 1969-
Publication:
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2011.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (242 p.)
Subjects:
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Social problems in literature.
Capital punishment in literature.
Capital punishment -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In Against the Gallows, Paul Christian Jones explores the intriguing cooperation of America's writers-including major figures such as Walt Whitman, John Greenleaf Whittier, E. D. E. N. Southworth, and Herman Melville-with reformers, politicians, clergymen, and periodical editors who attempted to end the practice of capital punishment in the United States during the 1840's and 1850's. In an age of passionate reform efforts, the antigallows movement enjoyed broad popularity, waging its campaign in legislatures, pulpits, newspapers, and literary journals.
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.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-222) and index.
ISBN:
1-60938-049-5
OCLC:
744451866
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