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Women Who Kill Men: California Courts, Gender, and the Press (Law in the American West)

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The period 1870-1958 was revolutionary in the lives of women. Societys shifting perceptions of women and their role were apparent in the courtroom. Women Who Kill Men analyzes eighteen sensational cases of women on trial for murder in this period to identify the intersections of media, law, and gender in California.

The fascinating details of these murder trials, documented in court records and embellished newspaper coverage, mirrored the changing public image of women. Most women and their attorneys relied on gendered stereotypes and language to create their defense and sometimes to leverage their status in a patriarchal system. Those who could successfully dress and act the part of the victim were most often able to win the sympathy of the jury. Gender mattered. And though the norms shifted over time, the press, attorneys, and juries were all informed by contemporary gender stereotypes.

About the Author

Gordon Morris Bakken is a professor of history at California State University, Fullerton. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Practicing Law in Frontier California (Nebraska, 2006) and Mining Law of 1872: Past, Politics, and Prospects.

Brenda Farrington is a lecturer in the history department at Chapman University. She has coauthored or coedited several books with Gordon Morris Bakken, including Law in the West and Encyclopedia of Women in the American West.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803245440
Author:
Bakken, Gordon Morris
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Author:
Farrington, Brenda
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Law in the American West
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 photographs
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Law » General
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History and Social Science » World History » General

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