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The trial of Lizzie Borden : a true story / Cara Robertson.

Robertson, Cara, (author.).

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  • 4 of 5 copies available at Sage Library System.

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"The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone--rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople--had an opinion about Lizzie Borden's guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties"--
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Gilliam County Library 345.744 ROBE (Text) 37823000171704 Adult Non-Fiction New/High Demand None 05/13/2019 Available -
Hermiston Public Library 345.744 ROB (Text) 37838000462473 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 04/13/2019 Available -
Ontario Community Library 345.744 ROBER (Text) 33330004453306 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 06/01/2019 Available -
Paisley Branch Library 345.744 ROBERTSON (Text) 37620000942054 New Adult Book None 04/23/2020 Checked out 07/14/2021
The Dalles Wasco County Library 345.744 ROB (Text) 33892006461900 NEW BOOKS New/High Demand None 03/12/2019 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501168376
  • ISBN: 1501168371
  • Physical Description: xviii, 375 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [295]-364) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Somebody will do something -- An incredible crime -- The web tightens -- A most remarkable woman -- The curtain ascends -- Under fire -- A signal victory -- Intent, deliberation, and preparation -- Short, busy, and very important -- Last words in the great trial -- The old place -- The enduring enigma -- Coda: the defense file.
Summary, etc.:
"The remarkable new account of an essential piece of American mythology--the trial of Lizzie Borden--based on twenty years of research and recently unearthed evidence. The Trial of Lizzie Borden tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle unparalleled in American history. Reporters flocked to the scene. Well-known columnists took up conspicuous seats in the courtroom. The defendant was relentlessly scrutinized for signs of guilt or innocence. Everyone--rich and poor, suffragists and social conservatives, legal scholars and laypeople--had an opinion about Lizzie Borden's guilt or innocence. Was she a cold-blooded murderess or an unjustly persecuted lady? Did she or didn't she? The popular fascination with the Borden murders and its central enigmatic character has endured for more than one hundred years. Immortalized in rhyme, told and retold in every conceivable genre, the murders have secured a place in the American pantheon of mythic horror, but one typically wrenched from its historical moment. In contrast, Cara Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom. Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its most deeply held convictions and its most troubling social anxieties"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Borden, Lizzie, 1860-1927 > Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) > Massachusetts > New Bedford > History > 19th century.
Genre: True crime stories.

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