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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. i
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  1. Half-title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. D.A.C.
  3. pp. vii-xiii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiv-xv
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  1. 1. An Overview
  2. pp. 3-38
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  1. I: Saints and Sinners: The Literature of Protestant Piety
  1. 2. Pillars of Salt and Monuments of Grace
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. 3. Toward a Great Awakening
  2. pp. 59-80
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  1. II: Paradigms and Polemics: The Literature of Doctrinal Development
  1. 4. The Road to the Scaffold
  2. pp. 83-100
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  1. 5. In Defense of the Gallows
  2. pp. 101-114
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  1. III: Criminals and Innocents: The Literature of Social Insurgency
  1. 6. A Fellowship of Thieves
  2. pp. 117-142
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  1. 7. Injured Innocents
  2. pp. 143-164
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  1. IV: Trials and Tribulations: The Literature of Legal Romanticism
  1. 8. The Story of Jason Fairbanks
  2. pp. 167-194
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  1. 9. The Prostitute and the Somnambulist
  2. pp. 195-246
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  1. 10. Conclusion
  2. pp. 247-254
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 255-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-353
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613769843
Related ISBN(s)
9781558495296
MARC Record
OCLC
1337854752
Launched on MUSE
2022-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
No

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