Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC believes strongly in the importance of art in issues of social justice.  Therefore, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we are donating thirty-five per cent of the gross proceeds from the sale of each copy of CrimeSong: True Crime Stories from Southern Murder Ballads (Retail Price: $35.00, free shipping in the U.S.) purchased directly from Shadelandhouse Modern Press via our secure website, email order, or U.S. mail order** during the month of October 2017, to provide financial support to a vital resource for survivors in our local community, GreenHouse17.

 

CrimeSong reveals the historic stories of crimes that inspired twenty-four southern murder ballads. Author Richard Underwood, the Edward T. Breathitt Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, reveals the details of these stories in a way that not only preserves history, but also reminds us that behind the lyrics of songs we have heard for generations were real people who often met horrific fates, and unfortunately many of the stories could be “ripped from today’s headlines.”  Women are at the center of many of the stories, and in the afterword, Underwood says most murder ballads are “reports of intimate violence – violence against lovers, wives, sons, daughters, or other family members”, and that many people find the topic difficult to discuss. He speculates, “Perhaps the ballads were popular because they provided a way to discuss it.” (CrimeSong, at 252).

GreenHouse17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, is an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community.  Currently, they serve seventeen Kentucky counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford County. They provide an array of crisis intervention and stabilization services, provide survivors the opportunity to grow flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables, and make self-care products such as lip balms, salves, and soaps, providing small-business training and microenterprise opportunities for survivors, while also generating resources for their organization.

 

Please join us to help GreenHouse17 achieve its mission. Together we can stop domestic violence.

 

**THIS CHARITABLE DONATION CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT THE MISSION OF GreenHouse17 IN HONOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH 2017 APPLIES ONLY TO PURCHASES OF CRIMESONG: TRUE CRIME STORIES FROM SOUTHER MURDER BALLADS PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM SHADELANDHOUSE MODERN PRESS THROUGH OUR SECURE WEBSITE, smpbooks.com. WE WILL ALSO ACCEPT E-MAIL ORDERS placed by contacting [email protected] and U.S. MAIL ORDERS (Shadelandhouse Modern Press, P.O. Box 910913, Lexington, Kentucky 40591). 

 

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