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

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...

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Main Author: Jones, Paul C., 1969-
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Iowa City, Iowa : University of Iowa Press, ©2011.
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Table of 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.