College of Law Faculty Scholarship

Source Publication (e.g., journal title)

Law, Culture, and the Humanities

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2018

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/1743872118777950

Abstract

This article examines a rare folk ballad to revisit an 1888 Tennessee trial that newspapers referred to as the fastest in the country in which the death penalty was involved. If we look at this event using court records and newspapers, it tells a regrettably common story of a court under pressure from the populace skirting the protections of law. However, if we consider the trial as a performative endeavor, we can rightly consider other performative events, like folk songs, not as reflective of official events but as equivalents that help provide insight into the larger motives behind the court’s actions.

Submission Type

Pre-print

Files over 3MB may be slow to open. For best results, right-click and select "save as..."

Included in

Law Commons

Share

COinS