Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton PressThis book takes a peek at an often overlooked part of Western history. The Victorians were quite adept at keeping immoral or bad behavior a secret. Goeres-Gardner does a wonderful job of uncovering the secret past of abuse, neglect, and double standards for women criminals....
|Title||:||Murder, Morality and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon|
|Number of Pages||:||199 Pages|
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Murder, Morality and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon Reviews
It’s not easy to read Goeres-Gardner’s works. It’s not because of the writing – they’re very well written, tell compelling stories, and have the ring of truth. It’s the ring of truth that will make you uneasy, because these stories are true episodes from Oregon’s history. Her first book, Necktie Parties: A History of Legal Executions in Oregon, 1851~1905, was published by Caxton Press in 2005. These public events were the normal and expected consequence of criminal acts. But were the executions justified? Goeres-Gardner’s research is painstaking, drawing on trial records, personal diaries and newspaper records, with extensive notes and bibliographies, describing frontier justice and the emerging legal system in Oregon.In May 2009 Caxton released her second book, a sequel to Necktie Parties, called Murder, Morality and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon. Just as in Necktie Parties, a single case is addressed in each chapter, meticulously researched and objectively presented. Women had virtually no rights to property, inheritance, their children and their own bodies. Their communities offered no assistance, no support for intolerable living conditions, and often attributed defensive behavior to a man’s influence at best and at worst, to insanity.--Ashland Mystery
This small volume was very interesting and written in a very accessible manner. It was just as interesting as true crime and social commentary. Women had so few outlets and opportunities in the Victorian era, but especially in the wilds of Oregon. I highly recommend this for fans of history, true crime, and womens issues.
This book consists of an interesting introduction and 18 fairly short chapters describing crimes committed by Oregon women in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The chapters appear to be well documented from court records and newspaper articles.
Extremely interesting! Looking forward to reading Goeres-Gardner's Necktie Parties.
Atrocious editing, but extensive research on an interesting subject.