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Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York by James D. Livingston

By James D. Livingston

Recounts the sensational 1896 homicide trial of Mary Alice Livingston, who was once accused of murdering her mom with an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder and confronted the potential of turning into the 1st girl to be finished in New York's new-fangled electrical chair.

Arsenic and Clam Chowder recounts the sensational 1896 homicide trial of Mary Alice Livingston, a member of 1 of the main prestigious households in big apple, who used to be accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the unusual device of loss of life, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, were 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 criminal whereas she was once anticipating trial, Livingston confronted the potential for being the 1st lady to be achieved in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and most of these lurid information made her arrest and trial the significant concentration of an all-out circulate battle 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, vehicles, films, and different sleek marvels within the Nineties used to be reworking city lifestyles with breathtaking velocity, simply because the battles of reformers opposed to vice, police corruption, and Tammany corridor have been remodeling the city’s political existence. The aspiring flesh presser 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 booklet addresses a few 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 which means of “beyond an inexpensive doubt.”

Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, long island, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell collage and got a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard collage in 1956. on account that retiring from common electrical after a long occupation as a learn physicist, he has been instructing within the division of fabrics technology and Engineering at MIT. even if a physicist by way of career, he has lengthy had a powerful 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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