The Trial of Lizzie Borden

The Trial of Lizzie Borden

A True Story

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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 Based on transcripts of the Borden legal proceedings, contemporary newspaper accounts, unpublished local accounts, and recently unearthed letters from Lizzie herself, The Trial of Lizzie Borden offers a window onto America in the Gilded Age, showcasing its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"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501168376
1501168371
9781501168390
1501168398
9781501168383
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 BORDEN
Characteristics: xviii, 375 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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KatetheCook
Jun 06, 2019

This latest book on the Lizzie Borden Trial is really boring, if you're interested in this fascinating unsolved murder case, and in Lizzie Borden find something else to read. I hated this book, it was really boring and annoying. I'm certain that Lizzie Borden killed both parents either because she was very disturbed or perhaps she was a possible abuse victim, but whatever the reason she killed them. Robinson's accounting of the trial was very dry and boring, I learned nothing of value from her book.

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