The body in the reservoir: murder & sensationalism in the South

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University of North Carolina Press,
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c2008.
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Centered on a series of dramatic murders in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Richmond, Virginia, The Body in the Reservoir 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. But 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, Michael Trotti reveals a more gradual and nuanced story of change. In addition, Richmond's racial makeup (one-third to one-half of the population was African American) allows Trotti to challenge assumptions about how black and white media reported the sensational; the surprising discrepancies offer insight into just how differently these two communities experienced American justice. An engaging look at the connections between culture and violence, this book gets to the heart--or perhaps the shadowy underbelly--of the sensational as the South became modern.
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subject_facet Murder -- Press coverage -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History -- 19th century, Murder -- Press coverage -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History -- 20th century, Sensationalism in journalism -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History -- 19th century, Sensationalism in journalism -- Virginia -- Richmond -- History -- 20th century
title_display The body in the reservoir : murder & sensationalism in the South
title_full The body in the reservoir : murder & sensationalism in the South / Michael Ayers Trotti
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title_sub murder & sensationalism in the South
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