Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture in Early America, 1674-1860


American Antiquarian Society
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The following research papers were written by students in the 2001 seminar, "Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture in Early America, 1674-1860," under the supervision of Daniel A. Cohen.

  • "Verses for the Gallows: The Evolution of the American Dying Verses: Theft and Murder!," by Eric Aldrich
  • "A Piracy Trail [i.e., trial] Reconsidered," by Megan Bocian
  • "Evolving Parent-Child Relationships: Their Connection to Acts of Parricide in the Nineteenth Century," by Julia Crowley
  • "An Analysis of Publications Involving Juvenile Offenders from the Years 1780 to 1830," by Dan Esposito
  • "Love, Death and Honor: Who Bears Moral Guilt in 'The Kentucky Tragedy?'," by Chanel Prunier
  • "Emergence of Social Progress in Early Nineteenth Century America: Evidence of Modern Thinking in the Case of Stephen Merrill Clarke," by Christine Ruffini
  • "Arsenic and Old Lydia: A Discussion of Sociopathy and Ascribed Identity in the Serial Poisoner Lydia Sherman," by Rachel Scanlon
  • "An Untimely End or a Just Condemnation: Women's and Men's Narrative Voices in Criminal Publications," by Stephanie Skenyon
  • "Murder, Monomania, and the Passionless Female Ideal in the Nineteenth Century," by Lauren Wojtkun
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