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- DescriptionIt'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 kw: a devout (and pregnant) mother of nine; ather hard-working mother (also of nine); and her plucky, quick-tempered daughter. All claim to be incent. 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.
- Author BiographySuzanne Lebsock is a recipient of a MacArthur fellowship and professor of history at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her work winning The Free Women of Petersburg received the Bancroft Prize. She lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
- PrizesWinner of Francis Parkman Prize 2004 and Library of Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction 2004.
- Author(s)Suzanne Lebsock
- PublisherWW Norton & Co
- Date of Publication16/11/2004
- SubjectTrue Crime
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintWW Norton & Co
- Content Note27 b/w illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width140 mm
- Height211 mm
- Spine28 mm
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