Drawing on eyewitness accounts, Murder on the Ohio Belle uncovers the mysterious circumstances behind the bloodshed. A northern vessel captured by secessionists, sailing the border between slave and free states at the edge of the frontier, the Ohio Belle navigated the confluence of nineteenth-century America's greatest tensions. Stuart W. Sanders dives into the history of this remarkable steamer a story of double murders, secret identities, and hasty getaways and reveals the bloody roots of antebellum honor culture, classism, and vigilante justice.
|Publisher:||University Press of Kentucky|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
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"Stuart Sanders's meticulous unpacking of two notorious murders on the Ohio River dives deeply into the antebellum South's culture of honor and masculine violence. Deeply researched and wise, this is the best kind of microhistory." Kenneth W. Noe, author of Reluctant Rebels, The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861.