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The Resource I am murdered : George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the killing that shocked a new nation, Bruce Chadwick

I am murdered : George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the killing that shocked a new nation, Bruce Chadwick

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I am murdered : George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the killing that shocked a new nation
Title
I am murdered
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George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the killing that shocked a new nation
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Bruce Chadwick
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Language
eng
Summary
George Wythe clung to the mahogany banister as he inched down the staircase of his comfortable Richmond, Virginia, home. Doubled over in agony, he stumbled to the kitchen in search of help. There he found his maid, Lydia Broadnax, and his young protegé, Michael Brown, who were also writhing in distress. Hours later, when help arrived, Wythe was quick to tell anyone who would listen, "I am murdered." Over the next two weeks, as Wythe suffered a long and painful death, insults would be added to his mortal injury. I Am Murdered tells the bizarre true story of Wythe's death and the subsequent trial of his grandnephew and namesake, George Wythe Sweeney, for the crime-unquestionably the most sensational and talked-about court case of the era. Hinging on hit-and-miss forensics, the unreliability of medical autopsies, the prevalence of poisoning, race relations, slavery, and the law, Sweeney's trial serves as a window into early nineteenth-century America. Its particular focus is on Richmond, part elegant state capital and part chaotic boomtown riddled with vice, opportunism, and crime. As Wythe lay dying, his doctors insisted that he had not been poisoned, and Sweeney had the nerve to beg him for bail money. In I Am Murdered, this signer of the Declaration of Independence, mentor to Thomas Jefferson, and "Father of American Jurisprudence" finally gets the justice he deserved
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Midwest
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Chadwick, Bruce
Dewey number
364.152/3092
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Wythe, George
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Poisoning
  • Murder
  • Criminal investigation
  • Richmond (Va.)
Target audience
adult
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I am murdered : George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the killing that shocked a new nation, Bruce Chadwick
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-272) and index
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Contents
"I am murdered"? -- The funeral -- Homicide: the investigation,Part I -- Williamsburg: George Wythe and Thomas Jefferson -- Jefferson and Wythe remake Virginia -- Richmond: boomtown and the decadent nightlife of George Wythe Sweeney -- The dying George Wythe changes his will -- Moving day: a second life in Richmond and the return of George Wythe -- The arrest -- The investigation, Part II -- For the defense: William Wirt -- For the defense: Edmund Randolph -- Mourning at the executive mansion -- The forensics nightmare, part I: arsenic, the poison of choice -- The forensics nightmare, part II: the autopsy -- Lydia Broadnax: the eyewitness -- The black and white legal codes -- Washington, October 1806
Control code
220859249
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 280 pages
Isbn
9780470185513
Lccn
2008015111
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
I am murdered : George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson, and the killing that shocked a new nation, Bruce Chadwick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
"I am murdered"? -- The funeral -- Homicide: the investigation,Part I -- Williamsburg: George Wythe and Thomas Jefferson -- Jefferson and Wythe remake Virginia -- Richmond: boomtown and the decadent nightlife of George Wythe Sweeney -- The dying George Wythe changes his will -- Moving day: a second life in Richmond and the return of George Wythe -- The arrest -- The investigation, Part II -- For the defense: William Wirt -- For the defense: Edmund Randolph -- Mourning at the executive mansion -- The forensics nightmare, part I: arsenic, the poison of choice -- The forensics nightmare, part II: the autopsy -- Lydia Broadnax: the eyewitness -- The black and white legal codes -- Washington, October 1806
Control code
220859249
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
viii, 280 pages
Isbn
9780470185513
Lccn
2008015111
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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