Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial

Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial

by Suzanne Lebsock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393326063

ISBN-13: 9780393326062

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"[Makes] history, with all its messiness, ugliness, and even humanity, come vividly alive."—Chicago Tribune
It's 1895 in Virginia, and a white woman lies in her farmyard, murdered with an ax. Suspicion soon falls on a young black sawmill hand, who tries to flee the county. Captured, he implicates three women, accusing them of plotting the murder and

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"[Makes] history, with all its messiness, ugliness, and even humanity, come vividly alive."—Chicago Tribune
It's 1895 in Virginia, and a white woman lies in her farmyard, murdered with an ax. Suspicion soon falls on a young black sawmill hand, who tries to flee the county. Captured, he implicates three women, accusing them of plotting the murder and wielding the ax. In vivid courtroom scenes, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Suzanne Lebsock recounts their dramatic trials and brings us close to women we would never otherwise know: a devout (and pregnant) mother of nine; another hard-working mother (also of nine); and her plucky, quick-tempered daughter. All claim to be innocent. With the danger of lynching high, can they get justice?
Lebsock takes us deep into this contentious, often surprising world, where blacks struggle to hold on to their post-Civil War gains against a rising tide of white privilege. A sensation in its own time, this case offers the modern reader a riveting encounter with a South in the throes of change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393326062
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
442
Sales rank:
570,428
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Characters9
Prologue13
1."Murder Most Brutal"23
2.Chase City32
3.Flight45
4.Independence Day58
5.Solomon on Trial68
6.Quick Work82
7.The Prince of Liars93
8."Mirabile Marable"109
9.The Rise of Edward Pollard120
10.The Thirteenth Juror136
11.Taking Sides147
12.Baptisms161
13.White Man Stories172
14.Nunc Pro Tunc184
15.New Life196
16."A Gone Case"206
17.Egg-Sucking Dog226
18.Tracks241
19.One Shall Be Taken257
20.Messages270
21.Solomon's Body276
22.Common Sense291
23.The Pitcher to the Well304
24.Who Killed Lucy Pollard?318
Afterword333
Acknowledgments341
Notes345
Index425

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