Lethal Imagination Violence and Brutality in American History

ISBN-10: 0814712967

ISBN-13: 9780814712962

Edition: 1999

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Description: By any standard, the United States is the most violent nation in the industrialized world. To find comparable levels of interpersonal violence, one must look to nations in the midst of civil war.Most observers of modern American violence do not consider the historical roots of current levels of violence, preferring to criticize American liberalism, permissive child-rearing practices, and excessive greed and individualism as the sources of the problem.This collection of original essays examines the role of violence in America's past, exploring its history and development, from slave patrols in the Colonial South to gun ownership in the twentieth century.Contributors examine both individual acts, such as domestic violence, murder, dueling, frontier vigilantism, and rape, and group and state-led acts such as lynchings, slave uprisings, rifle clubs, legal sanctions of heterosexual aggression, and invasive medical experiments on women's bodies.Contributors include Jeff Adler, Bruce Baird, Robert Dykstra, Lee Chambers-Schiller, Philip J. Cook, Laura Edwards, Uche Egemonye, Nicole Etcheson, Evan Haefeli, Sally Hadden, Paula Hinton, Arthur L. Kellermann, Laura McCall, Kate Nickerson, Mary Odem, Craig Pascoe, John C. Pettegrew, Junius P. Rodriguez, and Andrea Tone, Christopher Waldrep.

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Michael A. Bellesiles is Associate Professor of History at Emory University & Director of Emory's Center for the Study of Violence. He is the author of "Revolutionary Outlaws: Ethan Allen & the Struggle for Independence on the Early American Frontier," & of numerous articles & reviews. He lives in Atlanta.

Introduction
Kieft's War and the Cultures of Violence in Colonial America
"Shee Would Bump His Mouldy Britch": Authority, Masculinity, and the Harried Husbands of New Haven Colony, 1638-1670
Colonial and Revolutionary Era Slave Patrols of Virginia
The Social Origins of Dueling in Virginia
Women and Domestic Violence in Nineteenth-Century North Carolina
Complicity and Deceit: Lewis Cheney's Plot and Its Bloody Consequences
Good Men and Notorious Rogues: Vigilantism in Massac County, Illinois, 1846-1850
Armed and "More or Less Dangerous": Women and Violence in American Frontier Literature, 1820-1860
Seduced, Betrayed, and Revenged: The Murder Trial of Mary Harris
To Live and Die in Dodge City: Body Counts, Law and Order, and the Case of Kansas v. Gill
Word and Deed: The Language of Lynching, 1820-1953
"The Deftness of Her Sex": Innocence, Guilt, and Gender in the Trial of Lizzie Borden
Treat Her Like a Lady: Judicial Paternalism and the Justification for Assaults against Black Women, 1865-1910
"The Negro Would Be More Than an Angel to Withstand Such Treatment": African-American Homicide in Chicago, 1875-1910
Homosociality and the Legal Sanction of Male Heterosexual Aggression in the Early Twentieth Century
"The Unspeakable Mrs. Gunness": The Deviant Woman in Early-Twentieth-Century America
Cultural Representations and Social Contexts of Rape in the Early Twentieth Century
Violence by Design: Contraceptive Technology and the Invasion of the Female Body
The Monroe Rifle Club: Finding Justice in an "Ungodly and Social Jungle Called Dixie"
Armed and Dangerous: Guns in American Homes
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