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 software of dying, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, were dropped at the sufferer by way 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 mum of 4 out-of-wedlock youngsters, the final born in legal whereas she used to be waiting for trial, Livingston confronted the potential for being the 1st lady to be achieved in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and these kind of lurid information made her arrest and trial the crucial concentration of an all-out stream 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, movies, and different sleek 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 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 reliable tale, the e-book addresses a couple of social and criminal matters, between them capital punishment, equivalent rights for girls, societal sexual criteria, inheritance legislation in regard to homicide, gender bias of juries, and the which means of “beyond an affordable doubt.”
Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, manhattan, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell collage and bought a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard collage in 1956. considering the fact that retiring from normal electrical after a long profession as a study physicist, he has been educating within the division of fabrics technological know-how and Engineering at MIT. even though a physicist by means of occupation, he has lengthy had a powerful curiosity in American heritage, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very risky 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