Fall River Outrage: Life, Murder, and Justice in Early Industrial New England

Fall River Outrage: Life, Murder, and Justice in Early Industrial New England

by David Richard Kasserman
     
 

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Recounts one of the most sensational and widely reported murder cases—a minister charged with the death by hanging of a pregnant mill worker—in nineteenth-century America.

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Recounts one of the most sensational and widely reported murder cases—a minister charged with the death by hanging of a pregnant mill worker—in nineteenth-century America.

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In 1832, Sarah Cornell, an unmarried, pregnant mill-worker, was found hanged. A married Methodist minister was charged with the murder; his defense depended on showing Cornell's depravity. The trial threw tensions into relief: traditional New England, the new industries, independent wage-earning women, growing Methodism. It attracted prominent lawyers, avid reporters, playwrights, and pamphleteers. Citizen-amateur investigators raised questions science could not yet answer. Kasserman scrupulously reconstructs events and supplies contexts for evaluation but avoids imposing interpretations, leaving readers to draw their own conclusions. The historical care will engage scholars and true-crime buffs. Sally Mitchell, English Dept., Temple Univ., Philadelphia
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"A meticulous account that reads as engrossing as a modern murder mystery. . . . A deeply textured and highly readable book on which any such synthesis [about the social forces in Jacksonian America] must draw."—New York Times

"Kasserman scrupulously reconstructs events and supplies contexts for evaluation but avoids imposing interpretations, leaving readers to draw their own conclusions. The historical care will engage scholars and true-crime buffs."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812200881
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
08/03/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
967,124
File size:
5 MB

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