Now Australia's Biggest Toy Shop

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

Murder in the Shenandoah
By

Rating

This title will ship upon release.

This title will ship upon release.

Product Description
Product Details

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The facts of the fight; 2. The making of a republican judge; 3. Examination: class, procedure, and local courts in Crane's Virginia; 4. The Bloody Code and the logic of legal reform; 5. Indictment: power shifts and power continuities in Virginia's courts; 6. Crane's trial and its 'imperfect' verdict; 7. 'That stigma on my character': judges, judicial review, and 'republican' interpretation of the laws; 8. Murder or manslaughter? Crane's special verdict at the general court; 9. Pardon request: mercy and Crane's 'lunatic fits'; Conclusion.

About the Author

Jessica K. Lowe teaches at the University of Virginia, School of Law.

Reviews

Advance praise: 'In Murder in the Shenandoah, Jessica K. Lowe deftly investigates a deadly brawl to illuminate the legal culture of the new nation's most influential state, shortly after the American Revolution. Filled with plot twists, surprising revelations, colorful characters, and rich insights, this book will reward anyone interested in the roots of American criminal law.' Alan Taylor, author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 Advance praise: 'Elegantly written and copiously sourced, Jessica K. Lowe's book is a must-read for specialists and students alike. Lowe upends the accepted notion that southerners went outside the law to resolve conflicts because of the culture of honor that was inextricably embedded in slavery. She uses criminal law to open a window into social change in postrevolutionary Virginia and to set the stage for antebellum-era conflicts in imaginative and unexpected ways.' Victoria Saker Woeste, American Bar Foundation Advance praise: 'Jessica K. Lowe's beautifully crafted account of murder and justice powerfully illuminates the reconstruction of criminal law in the early American republic. Lowe skillfully turns the story of a single Virginia killing into a compelling meditation on how people, high and low, struggled over the meaning of equality and the rule of law in the aftermath of revolution. A formidable piece of scholarship, Murder in the Shenandoah is also a gem of historical narration and analysis, at once tough-minded and humane.' Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln Advance praise: 'Professor Lowe has produced a volume that is both a murder mystery and a mini-treatise on the history of criminal law in colonial Virginia. Hard-nosed legal history has seldom been presented in such fascinating, readable form. Behind the legal story is an equally important story of social change in early Virginia. Lowe knows her Virginia law, and applies to it the questions of a modern historical sensibility. Readers will be surprised and intrigued by this admirable volume.' Stanley Katz, Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies Advance praise: 'In Jessica K. Lowe's poetic telling of a murder trial in the Shenandoah Valley on Independence Day in 1791, we see how issues of class, violence, and the rule of law came together to lead to the execution of a Virginia patrician. Lowe's beautifully written book shows the law in motion. Wage workers, slaves, jurors, and the legal and planter elite all cross her stage as the values of democracy made a new American law.' Alfred L. Brophy, author of University, Court, and Slave: Proslavery Thought in Colleges and Courts and the Coming of Civil War

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Books » Nonfiction » Law » Criminal Law
People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Murder in the Shenandoah: Making Law Sovereign in Revolutionary Virginia (Studies in Legal History) on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Back to top