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 manhattan, who was once accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the unusual software of loss of life, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, were 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 little ones, the final born in criminal whereas she used to be waiting for trial, Livingston confronted the potential for being the 1st lady to be carried out in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and these kind of lurid info made her arrest and trial the significant 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 long island. the arriving of skyscrapers, autos, movies, 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 reworking the city’s political existence. 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, they usually 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 publication addresses a couple of social and felony matters, between them capital punishment, equivalent rights for girls, societal sexual criteria, inheritance legislation in regard to homicide, gender bias of juries, and the that means of “beyond an inexpensive doubt.”
Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, long island, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell collage and obtained a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard college in 1956. given that retiring from basic 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 career, he has lengthy had a powerful curiosity in American background, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very harmful girl: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights.
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