A Rape in the Early Republic: Gender and Legal Culture in an by Alexander Smyth,Randal L. Hall

By Alexander Smyth,Randal L. Hall

On January 14, 1806, Sidney Hanson was once raped via John Deskins on a coarse gravel course within the woods in Tazewell County, Virginia. within the early 19th century, trials for rape have been infrequent. Scanty court docket documents normally lacked the element had to reconstruct the lives of these concerned and review the social and actual environment of the crime. but the occasions on that fateful day in 1806 may be the exception.

In A Rape within the Early Republic, Randal L. corridor reproduces the entire trial testimony of Alexander Smyth, the prosecutor for Hanson's trial. Smyth's exact list deals a revealing glimpse into how early rape situations moved throughout the felony procedure, first on the neighborhood point after which within the state's lately created district courtroom procedure. It additionally indicates that Deskins used to be now not the one one on trial -- Hanson's personality used to be being scrutinized as well.

Hall's creation, instead of delivering an research of Smyth's files, presents very important context and highlights old topics that Hanson's scenario illustrates. that includes school room dialogue rules and an inventory of urged examining, A Rape within the Early Republic can be a precious source for college students and students in addition to a person attracted to gender, legislation, and society within the early republic.

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