By James D. Livingston
Arsenic and Clam Chowder recounts the sensational 1896 homicide trial of Mary Alice Livingston, a member of 1 of the main prestigious households in ny, who used to be accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the unusual device of demise, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, have been dropped at the sufferer via her ten-year-old granddaughter, and Livingston was once arrested in her mourning outfits instantly after attending her mother’s funeral. as well as being the mummy of 4 out-of-wedlock youngsters, the final born in felony whereas she was once looking ahead to trial, Livingston confronted the potential of being the 1st girl to be finished in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and some of these lurid info made her arrest and trial the valuable concentration of an all-out movement struggle then underway among Joseph Pulitzer’s World and Randolph Hearst’s Journal.
The tale is determined opposed to the electrical backdrop of Gilded Age big apple. the coming of skyscrapers, cars, films, and different glossy marvels within the Nineties used to be remodeling city existence with breathtaking velocity, simply because the battles of reformers opposed to vice, police corruption, and Tammany corridor have been remodeling the city’s political lifestyles. The aspiring flesh presser Teddy Roosevelt, the prolific inventor Thomas Edison, bon vivant Diamond Jim Brady, and his better half Lillian Russell have been between Gotham’s larger-than-life personalities, and so they all performed cameo roles within the dramatic tale of Mary Alice Livingston and her arsenic-laced clam chowder. as well as telling a ripping strong tale, the ebook addresses a few social and felony matters, between them capital punishment, equivalent rights for ladies, societal sexual criteria, inheritance legislation in regard to homicide, gender bias of juries, and the which means of “beyond an inexpensive doubt.”
Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, long island, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell college and got a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard collage in 1956. on the grounds that retiring from normal electrical after a long occupation as a learn physicist, he has been instructing within the division of fabrics technological know-how and Engineering at MIT. even if a physicist by means of occupation, he has lengthy had a robust curiosity in American heritage, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very harmful girl: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights.
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Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York (Excelsior Editions) by James D. Livingston