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- DescriptionBy the time that Queen Victoria ascended the throne in 1837, the list of crimes liable to attract the death penalty had effectively been reduced to murder. Yet, despite this, the gallows remained a source of controversy in Victorian Britain and there was a growing unease in liberal quarters surrounding the question of capital punishment. Unease was expressed in various forms, including efforts at outright abolition. Focusing in part on the activities of the Society for the Abolition of Capital Punishment, James Gregory here examines abolitionist strategies, leaders and personnel. He locates the 'gallows question' in an imperial context and explores the ways in which debates about the gallows and abolition featured in literature, from poetry to 'vels of purpose' and popular romances of the underworld. He places the abolitionist movement within the wider Victorian worlds of philanthropy, religious orthodoxy and social morality in a study which will be essential reading for students and researchers of Victorian history.
- Author BiographyJames Gregory is Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Bradford. He is the author of Of Victorians and Vegetarians: The Vegetarian Movement in Nineteenth-Century Britain (I.B.Tauris, 2007) and Reformers, Patrons and Philanthropists: The Cowper-Temples and High Politics in Victorian England (I.B.Tauris, 2009).
- Author(s)James Gregory
- PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
- Date of Publication30/11/2011
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleLibrary of Victorian Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number5
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintTauris Academic Studies
- Content Note18 b/w integrated
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
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