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The sewing girl's tale : a story of crime and consequences in Revolutionary America  Cover Image Book Book

The sewing girl's tale : a story of crime and consequences in Revolutionary America / John Wood Sweet.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250761965
  • ISBN: 1250761964
  • Physical Description: 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2022

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-347) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- Rescue -- Mother Carey -- Daylight -- The rake -- The pilot -- Gatekeepers -- The prosecutrix -- Closing arguments -- Outrage -- Seduction -- Recovery -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"A riveting historical drama that tells the story of the first rape trial on record in American history and the fault lines of class privilege and gender bias that it exposed, showing how much has changed over two centuries and how much has not"-- Provided by publisher.
Summer, 1793. A crime was committed in the back room of a New York brothel-- the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, seventeen-year-old seamstress Lanah Sawyer charged a gentleman with rape. Her accusation sparked a raw courtroom drama and a relentless struggle for vindication that threatened both Lanah's and her assailant's lives. The trial exposed a predatory sexual underworld, sparked riots in the streets, and ignited a vigorous debate about class privilege and sexual double standards. Sweet takes us from a chance encounter in the street, and shows that if our laws and our culture were changed by a persistent young woman and the power of words two hundred years ago, they can be changed again--Adapted from dust jacket
Subject: Bedlow, Henry, 1767-1838 > Trials, litigation, etc.
Sawyer, Lanah, approximately 1776-
Bedlow, Henry, 1767-1838
Sawyer, Lanah, approximately 1776-
Sex workers > Violence against > New York (State) > New York > History > 18th century.
Trials (Rape) > New York (State) > New York > History > 18th century.
Rape > Social aspects > New York (State) > New York > History > 18th century.
HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
LAW / Legal History.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies.
Rape > Social aspects.
Trials (Rape)
New York (State) > New York.
Sexual assault.
Sexual violence.
Gender identity.
Trials (Rape)
Genre: True crime stories.
True crime stories.
True crime stories.

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Burlington Public Library 345.7302 SWEET 2022 39851001741793 New Non-fiction Copy hold Available -

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