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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
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Cataloging source
CDX
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DeLombard, Jeannine Marie
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Haney Foundation Series
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  • African Americans in literature
  • American literature
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Crime and race
  • Citizenship
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • African Americans in literature
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • American literature
  • Citizenship
  • Crime and race
  • United States
Label
In the shadow of the gallows : race, crime, and American civic identity, Jeannine Marie DeLombard
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206333
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 421140
  • 22573/ctt35cn6t
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822017755
Label
In the shadow of the gallows : race, crime, and American civic identity, Jeannine Marie DeLombard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206333
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 421140
  • 22573/ctt35cn6t
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822017755

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