Voices of the condemned : a comparative study of the testimonies of death row exonerees and slave narratives

B. Malkani

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Abstract

This article compares the slave narratives that were published in antebellum America with the more recent testimonies of death row exonerees. The structure, content and themes of the narratives and testimonies are compared, and particular attention is paid to the abolitionist purposes of the two. The methods adopted to achieve those purposes are also explored, and it is suggested that today’s exonerees can learn much from the slave narratives in order to make their testimonies more effective as tools of abolitionism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLaw Culture and the Humanities
Early online date27 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • slave narratives
  • slavery
  • death penalty
  • death row
  • exonerees
  • abolition
  • anti-slavery
  • anti-death penalty
  • innocence

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