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, were brought to the sufferer by means of 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 kids, the final born in criminal whereas she was once waiting for trial, Livingston confronted the potential for being the 1st lady to be completed in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and a majority of these lurid info made her arrest and trial the primary concentration of an all-out stream conflict then underway among Joseph Pulitzer’s World and Randolph Hearst’s Journal.
The tale is decided opposed to the electrical backdrop of Gilded Age new york. the arriving of skyscrapers, cars, films, and different sleek marvels within the Eighteen Nineties was once reworking city existence with breathtaking pace, 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 better half 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 solid tale, the booklet addresses a few 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, manhattan, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell college and obtained a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard collage in 1956. on the grounds that retiring from basic electrical after a long occupation as a study 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 robust curiosity in American heritage, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very harmful lady: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights.
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