The Oracle and the Curse: A Poetics of Justice from the Revolution to the Civil War

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Caleb Smith explores the confessions, trial reports, maledictions, and martyr narratives that juxtaposed law and conscience in antebellum America's court of public opinion and shows how writers portrayed struggles for justice as clashes between human law and higher authority, giving voice to a moral protest that transformed American literature.

The Oracle and the Curse: A Poetics of Justice from the Revolution to the Civil War 2013, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674073081

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