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The Body in the Reservoir: Murder and Sensationalism in the South

Michael Ayers Trotti

Abstract

Centered on a series of dramatic murders in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Richmond, Virginia, this book uses these gripping stories of crime to explore the evolution of sensationalism in southern culture. In Richmond, as across the nation, the embrace of modernity was accompanied by the prodigious growth of mass culture and its accelerating interest in lurid stories of crime and bloodshed. While others have emphasized the importance of the penny press and yellow journalism on the shifting nature of the media and cultural responses to violence, this book reveals a more gradual and nua ... More

Keywords: Richmond, Virginia, modernity, mass culture, crime, penny press, yellow journalism, African American, American justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831786
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899038_trotti

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ayers Trotti, author