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Susan Smith and the Mommy Myth Bookmark and Share

Mar 4

4:30 p.m. @ James J. Johnson Auditorium
Free

In 1994, Susan Smith of Union captured the world's attenton when she reported her two young sons kidnapped by an African American male arjacker. She made more headlines nine days later when she confesed to their murder by rolling her car into a local lake with the children strapped into their carseats. Legal experts, psychiatrists, politicians and journalists speculated widely about what could drive a mother to commit this most heinous crime. 

In this talk, faculty member Keira Williams places the Smith case within historical context of the changing politics of gender at the end of the 20th century.

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