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 used to be accused of murdering her personal mom, Evelina Bliss. the unusual tool of loss of life, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, have been dropped at the sufferer by way 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 mummy of 4 out-of-wedlock kids, the final born in felony whereas she was once looking ahead to trial, Livingston confronted the opportunity of being the 1st lady to be completed in New York’s new-fangled electrical chair, and these types of lurid information made her arrest and trial the crucial concentration of an all-out circulate battle then underway among Joseph Pulitzer’s World and Randolph Hearst’s Journal.
The tale is decided opposed to the electrical backdrop of Gilded Age ny. the coming of skyscrapers, autos, films, and different sleek marvels within the Nineties used to be remodeling city lifestyles with breathtaking pace, 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, 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 publication addresses a few social and criminal 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 affordable doubt.”
Born June 23, 1930, in Brooklyn, manhattan, James D. Livingston studied engineering physics at Cornell collage and acquired a PhD in utilized physics from Harvard collage in 1956. on the grounds that retiring from common electrical after a long occupation as a study physicist, he has been instructing within the division of fabrics technology and Engineering at MIT. even if 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 harmful lady: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights.
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