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 long island, who used to be accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the unusual tool of demise, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, have been dropped at the sufferer through her ten-year-old granddaughter, and Livingston used to be arrested in her mourning outfits instantly after attending her mother’s funeral. as well as being the mummy of 4 out-of-wedlock childrens, the final born in criminal whereas she used to be looking ahead to trial, Livingston confronted the potential of being the 1st lady to be done in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and these kinds of lurid info made her arrest and trial the principal concentration of an all-out move conflict then underway among Joseph Pulitzer’s World and Randolph Hearst’s Journal.
The tale is determined opposed to the electrical backdrop of Gilded Age ny. the coming of skyscrapers, cars, films, and different smooth marvels within the Eighteen Nineties was once reworking 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 baby-kisser Teddy Roosevelt, the prolific inventor Thomas Edison, bon vivant Diamond Jim Brady, and his spouse 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 stable tale, the ebook addresses a couple of social and felony concerns, between them capital punishment, equivalent rights for ladies, societal sexual criteria, inheritance legislation in regard to homicide, gender bias of juries, and the that means of “beyond a cheap doubt.”
Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, manhattan, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell college and bought a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard college in 1956. considering that retiring from normal electrical after a long profession as a study physicist, he has been educating within the division of fabrics technology and Engineering at MIT. even though a physicist by means of occupation, he has lengthy had a powerful curiosity in American background, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very risky lady: 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