The Notorious Mrs. Clem: Murder and Money in the Gilded Age

The Notorious Mrs. Clem: Murder and Money in the Gilded Age

by Wendy Gamber


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421424279
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 08/30/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 700,431
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Wendy Gamber is the Robert F. Byrnes Professor in History at Indiana University Bloomington. She is the author of The Boardinghouse in Nineteenth-Century America and The Female Economy: The Millinery and Dressmaking Trades, 1860–1930.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue 1

1 New Year's Day 4

2 Business 17

3 Cold Spring 28

4 Detection 38

5 Trial 51

6 Self-Reliant and God Defiant! 78

7 Knowed It Was Them 100

8 I Wish I Was an Angel 127

9 A Good Soldier 141

10 Lebanon 153

11 The Indiana Murderess 168

12 Indiana Justice 183

13 I Kept It Rolling 199

14 Aunty Smith 218

15 Mrs. Dr. Patterson 227

Epilogue 236

Notes 249

Index 297

What People are Saying About This

Stephen Mihm

"An evocative, deeply-researched account of an infamous murder that takes the reader into the tangled gender politics of Gilded-Age America. Gamber has an eye for detail and a flair for narrative that makes this book both a gripping read and a perceptive analysis of late nineteenth-century social mores."

Alecia P. Long

"A fascinating, deeply researched, and analytically complex book, The Notorious Mrs. Clem is both well conceived and well written."

Scott A. Sandage

"At its best, a great history book is a great mystery story—and The Notorious Mrs. Clem is both. Double Murder! Mutilated corpses! Ponzi schemes! Snake oil! Women’s rights! Covering the four murder trials of an inscrutable Indianapolis housewife whose only crime may have been that she was a shrewd and independent business woman, master historian Wendy Gamber lets the story speak for itself while deftly interweaving insights about the margins of American business, marriage, and womanhood during the Gilded Age. So tight and fast-paced that it can be read in a pleasant afternoon, The Notorious Mrs. Clem will leave you pondering the greatest mystery of them all: that history is ultimately the record of what we just don’t know."

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