Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace: New England Crime Literature and the Origins of American Popular Culture, 1674-1860

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Liverpool University Press, 01.01.2006 - 350 Seiten
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In this innovative study, Daniel A. Cohen explores a major cultural shift embodied in hundreds of early New England crime publications. Tracing the declining authority of Puritan ministers, he shows how the arbiters of an increasingly pluralistic literary marketplace gradually supplanted pious execution sermons with last-speech broadsides, gallows verses, criminal autobiographies, trial reports, newspaper stories, and romantic docudramas. Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace probes the forgotten origins of our modern mass media's preoccupation with crime and punishment.

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An Overview
3
II
81
III
115
IV
165
Conclusion
247
Notes
255
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Seite 329 - Richard D. Altick, The English common reader: a social history of the mass reading public, 1800-1900 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957), pp.

Über den Autor (2006)

Daniel A. Cohen is associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University.

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