Sunday’s Sermon

juryExciting news today, dear readers! Below find links to a classic short story by Susan Glaspell that will ask you to consider some important questions about law and literature, relationships, obligations, women and the law, responsibility.

“A Jury of Her Peers”

Read it here.

Listen to it here.

Read about the story and its source here.

Read the newspaper articles about the case here.

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11 thoughts on “Sunday’s Sermon

  1. For one thing, the murder took place in Iowa. Did you ever read “The Lottery,” a short story by Shirley Jackson? It reminds me of the acceptance of the way things were, the respectful and “moral” townspeople, and the privacy and secrets of the people in Iowa when Margaret Hossack’s husband was murdered. My two sons and I spent time in a small Iowa town, and people there seemed suspicious of “outsiders.” I remember the scene in “The Music Man,” when Harold Hill got off the train and the townsfolk of River City, Iowa, sang about their stubborn nature.

    Even though Margaret’s husband was abusive and all her children said she didn’t kill him, the Iowa “nature” of her “peers” wouldn’t budge, even though they knew Margaret’s husband had been abusive for a long time. I’m glad the murder sentence was overturned. In “The Burning Bed” (a book and a movie) and the true story of Francine Hughes, who in the 1970s doused the bed of her drunken, past-out. abusive husband with gasoline and set him on fire. The trial was a turning point in the fight against domestic violence. Until it was out in the open, wives didn’t stand a chance, even by their “peers.”


        • “A Jury of Her Peers” has earned its reputation for certain people who have studied the story. But it can’t compare to Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” (1963) and “The Women’s Strike for Equality” (1970), which was a statement of feminism that an entire country would know about. It was the first televised feminist event. Still, studies indicate that domestic violence is getting worse. The woman who is abused senses that things are getting worse and may even tell a family member or close friend, but the family member or friend won’t help her – for whatever reason. It’s tragic.


        • Tara, could you please cite these studies that say domestic violence is getting worse? Also, for which demographics are they getting worse? Thanks.


  2. “When I was a girl,” said Mrs. Peters, under her breath, “my kitten – there was a boy took a hatchet, and before my eyes – before I could get there…. If they hadn’t held me back, I would have…hurt him.”
    And then you can watch a video discussion here.
    Good discussion.


  3. Domestic violence is getting worse, and that’s probably because it’s being reported more often today than years ago, when it was kept “secret.” There are many studies today, and they’re easily found in the internet via Google. Here are a few:–abuse-53/domestic-violence-the-facts-195.html


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