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Author Shipman, Marlin.

Title The penalty is death : U.S. newspaper coverage of women's executions / Marlin Shipman
Published Columbia, Mo. : University of Missouri Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 336 pages)
Contents Ch. 15. Love triangles -- Ch. 16. Little support for changes to execution laws -- Ch. l7. Government secrecy of executions under federal authority. Part V. The late 1990s and beyond. Ch. 18. The high-tech media at the end of the twentieth century
Part I. Murdered family members and other schemes. Ch. 1. viragos and unnatural mothers: Nineteenth-century mothers -- Ch. 2. The demons decline: Twentieth-century mothers -- Ch. 3. Husbands and other family members -- Ch. 4. Other schemes -- Part II. Jazz journalism and the execution story as drama. Ch. 5. Excesses in 1920s Louisiana -- Ch. 6. Female mass murderers in the late 1930s -- Ch. 7. Execution stories as serial dramas. Part III. Race, ethnicity, and sexual preference. Ch. 8. Pre-civil war press and slave executions -- Ch. 9. Twentieth-century Black defendants -- Ch. 10. The Irish: More animal than human? -- Ch. 11. Sexual preference: Changes during the past fifty years. Part IV. Hollywood, female "tough guys," and love triangles. Ch. 12. Southern California defendants -- Ch. 13. The female "tough guy" -- Ch. 14. Little attention for "first" executions
Summary "In "The Penalty Is Death," Marlin Shipman examines the shifts in press coverage of women's executions over the past one hundred and fifty years. Since the colonies' first execution of a woman in 1632, about 560 more women have had to face the death penalty. Newspaper responses to these executions have ranged from massive national coverage to limited regional and even local coverage. Throughout the years the press has been guilty of sensationalism, stereotyping, and marginalizing of female convicts, making prejudicial remarks, trying these women in the media, and virtually ignoring or simply demeaning African American women convicts. This researched book studies countless episodes that serve to illustrate these points." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-317) and index
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Subject Capital punishment -- United States -- History.
Executions and executioners -- Press coverage -- United States -- History.
Women prisoners -- United States -- History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002017955
ISBN 0826213863
0826263054 (electronic bk.)
9780826263056 (electronic bk.)