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 big apple, who was once accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the weird software 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 mum of 4 out-of-wedlock little ones, the final born in felony whereas she used to be anticipating trial, Livingston confronted the opportunity of being the 1st lady to be finished in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and these kind of lurid information made her arrest and trial the critical concentration of an all-out flow warfare then underway among Joseph Pulitzer’s World and Randolph Hearst’s Journal.
The tale is decided opposed to the electrical backdrop of Gilded Age long island. the coming of skyscrapers, cars, movies, 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 reworking 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 e-book addresses a few social and criminal concerns, 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 affordable doubt.”
Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, manhattan, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell collage and got a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard collage in 1956. seeing that retiring from common electrical after a long profession as a examine physicist, he has been instructing within the division of fabrics technology and Engineering at MIT. even supposing a physicist by way 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