Sensationalization of Violence and Crimes in the 19th Century.

"Was He a Man or a Monster?" is an exhibition by the New York State Historical Association and the Cooperstown Graduate Program, about the merchandising and sensationalizing of murder and violence in the nineteenth century.

The plate for the image above reads:

Confessions and execution of the pirates Gibbs & Wansley: on Ellis' Iland in the harbour of New-York on 22d April 1831, under the direction of Thos. Morris, Esq. U. States Marshal. An interesting account of their lives will be found within, but the individual crime which brought them to the gallows was the murder of the captain and mate of the brig Vineyard at sea bound from New Orleans to New-York

Link to Images | to Exhibition (via BibliOdyssey)

Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"Sensationalization of Violence and Crimes in the 19th Century."

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More