The Resource In the shadow of the gallows : race, crime, and American civic identity, Jeannine Marie DeLombard

In the shadow of the gallows : race, crime, and American civic identity, Jeannine Marie DeLombard

Label
In the shadow of the gallows : race, crime, and American civic identity
Title
In the shadow of the gallows
Title remainder
race, crime, and American civic identity
Statement of responsibility
Jeannine Marie DeLombard
Title variation
Race, crime, and American civic identity
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From Puritan Execution Day rituals to gangsta rap, the black criminal has been an enduring presence in American culture. To understand why, Jeannine Marie DeLombard insists, we must set aside the lenses of pathology and persecution and instead view the African American felon from the far more revealing perspectives of publicity and personhood. When the Supreme Court declared in Dred Scott that African Americans have "no rights which the white man was bound to respect," it overlooked the right to due process, which ensured that black offenders - even slaves - appeared as persons in the eyes of the law. In the familiar account of African Americans' historical shift "from plantation to prison," we have forgotten how, for a century before the Civil War, state punishment affirmed black political membership in the breach, while a thriving popular crime literature provided early America's best-known models of individual black selfhood. Before there was the slave narrative, there was the criminal confession. Placing the black condemned at the forefront of the African American canon allows us to see how a later generation of enslaved activists - most notably, Frederick Douglass - could marshal the public presence and civic authority necessary to fashion themselves as eligible citizens. At the same time, in an era when abolitionists were charging Americans with the national crime of "manstealing," a racialized sense of culpability became equally central to white civic identity. What, for African Americans, is the legacy of a citizenship grounded in culpable personhood? For white Americans, must membership in a nation built on race slavery always betoken guilt? In the Shadow of the Gallows reads classics by J. Hector St. John de Crévecoeur, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, George Lippard, and Edward Everett Hale alongside execution sermons, criminal confessions, trial transcripts, philosophical treatises, and political polemics to address fundamental questions about race, responsibility, and American civic belonging."--Project Muse
Cataloging source
CDX
Dewey number
810.9/896073
Index
index present
LC call number
PS173.N4
LC item number
D44 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
In the shadow of the gallows : race, crime, and American civic identity, Jeannine Marie DeLombard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: How a slave was made a man -- Part I. Contracting guilt : mixed character, civil slavery, and the social compact ; Black catalogues : crime, print, and the rise of the black self -- Part II. The ignominious cord : crime, counterfactuals, and the new black politics ; The work of death : time, crime, and personhood in Jacksonian America ; How freeman was made a madman : race, capacity, and citizenship ; Who aint a slaver? Citizenship, piracy, and slaver narratives -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn822017755
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (x, 446 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812206333
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt35cn6t
  • 421140
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b29256331
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)822017755
  • pebcs0812206339

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