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Jeffrey S. Adler

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226643311

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226643458.001.0001

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“She Made Me Her Dog”

“She Made Me Her Dog”

(p.53) Chapter 3 “She Made Me Her Dog”
Murder in New Orleans

Jeffrey S. Adler

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses white spouse homicide, which also increased sharply during the 1920s. It focuses on the social and cultural pressures fueling deadly domestic violence, particularly the ways in which white men engaged in what sociologists term “patriarchal terrorism.” Drawing particularly from suicide notes, the chapter explores the behavior of white husbands who responded to their wives’ decisions to terminate the marriage by stalking and then shooting them, after which the men frequently killed themselves. Thus, this chapter analyzes shifting gender roles in the city and the collision of failed expectations that erupted in violence in white households during the 1920s.

Keywords:   stalking, spouse homicide, patriarchal terrorism, gender roles, suicide, domestic violence

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