9780813169521-0813169526-A Rape in the Early Republic: Gender and Legal Culture in an 1806 Virginia Trial (New Directions In Southern History)

A Rape in the Early Republic: Gender and Legal Culture in an 1806 Virginia Trial (New Directions In Southern History)

ISBN-13: 9780813169521
ISBN-10: 0813169526
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Smyth, Alexander
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Format: Paperback 136 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780813169521
ISBN-10: 0813169526
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Smyth, Alexander
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Format: Paperback 136 pages

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Acknowledged authors Smyth, Alexander wrote A Rape in the Early Republic: Gender and Legal Culture in an 1806 Virginia Trial (New Directions In Southern History) comprising 136 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0813169526 and 9780813169521. Since then A Rape in the Early Republic: Gender and Legal Culture in an 1806 Virginia Trial (New Directions In Southern History) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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On January 14, 1806, Sidney Hanson was raped by John Deskins on a rough gravel path in the woods in Tazewell County, Virginia. In the early nineteenth century, trials for rape were rare. Scanty court records typically lacked the detail needed to reconstruct the lives of those involved and evaluate the social and physical setting of the crime. Yet the events on that fateful day in 1806 would be the exception.

In A Rape in the Early Republic, Randal L. Hall reproduces the complete trial testimony of Alexander Smyth, the prosecutor for Hanson's trial. Smyth's detailed record offers a revealing glimpse into how early rape cases moved through the legal system, first at the local level and then in the state's recently created district court system. It also shows that Deskins was not the only one on trial―Hanson's character was being scrutinized as well.

Hall's introduction, rather than offering an analysis of Smyth's documents, provides important context and highlights historical themes that Hanson's situation illustrates. Featuring classroom discussion ideas and a list of suggested reading, A Rape in the Early Republic will be a valuable resource for students and scholars as well as anyone interested in gender, law, and society in the early republic.

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