The Penalty is Death: U.S.Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions

The Penalty is Death: U.S.Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions

By: Marlin Shipman (author)Hardback

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In this work, Shipman examines the shifts in press coverage of women's executions over the past 150 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 well researched book studies countless episodes that serve to illustrate these points. Shipman's use of reconstructed stories, gleaned from hundreds of newspaper articles, aims to give readers an understanding of the ways in which dailies reported on the trials of women and how these reports reflected the cultural norms of the times. His detailed narratives of the executions give evidence to the development of journalistic styles and techniques, such as the jazz journalism of the 1920s. By examining anecdotes about how the press reports on the death penalty, Shipman seeks to stimulate discussions about this subject that are more human and less abstract. This book should be of interest to anyone studying media and press performance, capital punishment or women's roles in society.

About Author

Marlin Shipman is Professor of Journalism at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826213860
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780826213860
  • ISBN10: 0826213863

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