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 was once accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the weird tool of dying, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, have been brought to the sufferer by means of 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 young ones, the final born in legal whereas she used to be watching for trial, Livingston confronted the potential for being the 1st girl to be achieved in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and a lot of these lurid info made her arrest and trial the relevant concentration of an all-out movement struggle then underway among Joseph Pulitzer’s World and Randolph Hearst’s Journal.
The tale is decided opposed to the electrical backdrop of Gilded Age ny. the arriving of skyscrapers, vehicles, movies, and different glossy marvels within the Nineties was once reworking city lifestyles with breathtaking pace, simply because the battles of reformers opposed to vice, police corruption, and Tammany corridor have been reworking the city’s political lifestyles. The aspiring baby-kisser Teddy Roosevelt, the prolific inventor Thomas Edison, bon vivant Diamond Jim Brady, and his significant other 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 solid 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 acquired a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard college in 1956. considering the fact that retiring from basic electrical after a long profession as a study physicist, he has been instructing within the division of fabrics technology and Engineering at MIT. even if a physicist via occupation, he has lengthy had a robust curiosity in American historical past, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very risky lady: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights.
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