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 long island, who was once accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the unusual tool of demise, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, have been dropped at the sufferer by way 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 little ones, the final born in felony whereas she used to be expecting trial, Livingston confronted the potential for being the 1st lady to be performed in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and some of these lurid information made her arrest and trial the relevant concentration of an all-out circulate struggle 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 Nineties was once remodeling 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 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 strong tale, the booklet addresses a couple of social and criminal 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, manhattan, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell collage and obtained a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard college in 1956. because retiring from common 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 if a physicist through career, he has lengthy had a powerful curiosity in American heritage, and is the coauthor, with Sherry H. Penney, of A Very harmful 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