Fall River Outrage

Life, Murder, and Justice in Early Industrial New England

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Author: David Richard Kasserman

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812200881

Category: History

Page: 296

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Fall River Outrage recounts one of the most sensational and widely reported murder cases in early nineteenth-century America. When, in 1832, a pregnant mill worker was found hanged, the investigation implicated a prominent Methodist minister. Fearing adverse publicity, both the industrialists of Fall River and the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church engaged in energetic campaigns to obtain a favorable verdict. It was also one of the earliest attempts by American lawyers to prove their client innocent by assassinating the moral character of the female victim. Fall River Outrage provides insight in American social, legal, and labor history as well as women's studies.

Fall River

An Authentic Narrative

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Author: Catherine Read Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fall River (Mass.)

Page: 198

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Brotherly Love

Murder and the Politics of Prejudice in Nineteenth-Century Rhode Island

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Author: Charles Hoffmann,Tess Hoffmann

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558491632

Category: History

Page: 208

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A case study of crime & punishment in nineteenth-century New England.

Working Women, Literary Ladies

The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration

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Author: Sylvia J. Cook

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195327816

Category: History

Page: 292

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This book explores the simultaneous entry of working-class women in the United States into wage-earning factory labor and into opportunities for mental and literary development. It traces the hopes and tensions generated by expectations of their gender and class from the first New England operatives in the early nineteenth century to immigrant sweatshop workers in the early twentieth.

Religion and Sexuality in American Literature

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Author: Ann-Janine Morey

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521103763

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

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Although sometimes religion and sexuality are treated as an aberrant theme in American literary and religious history, American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to John Updike have been fascinated with the connection between religious and sexual experience. Through the voice of American fiction, Religion and Sexuality in American Literature examines the relations of body and spirit (religion and sexuality). Using both canonical and non-canonical fiction, Ann-Janine Morey examines novels dealing with the ministry as the medium wherein so many of the tensions of religion and sexuality are dramatised and then moves to contemporary novels that deal with moral and religious issues through metaphor. Based upon a sophisticated and selective application of metaphor theory, deconstruction and feminist postmodernism, Morey argues that while American fiction has replicated many traditional animosities, there are also some rather surprising resources here for commonality between men and women if we acknowledge and understand the intimate relationship between language and physical life.

Free Hearts and Free Homes

Gender and American Antislavery Politics

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Author: Michael D. Pierson

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807862665

Category: History

Page: 272

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By exploring the intersection of gender and politics in the antebellum North, Michael Pierson examines how antislavery political parties capitalized on the emerging family practices and ideologies that accompanied the market revolution. From the birth of the Liberty party in 1840 through the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln in 1860, antislavery parties celebrated the social practices of modernizing northern families. In an era of social transformations, they attacked their Democratic foes as defenders of an older, less egalitarian patriarchal world. In ways rarely before seen in American politics, Pierson says, antebellum voters could choose between parties that articulated different visions of proper family life and gender roles. By exploring the ways John and Jessie Benton Fremont and Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were presented to voters as prospective First Families, and by examining the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lydia Maria Child, and other antislavery women, Free Hearts and Free Homes rediscovers how crucial gender ideologies were to American politics on the eve of the Civil War.