The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories


Author: Elizabeth A. De Wolfe

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 203

View: 3717

When the winter ice melted in April 1850, residents of Saco, Maine, made a gruesome discovery: the body of a young girl submerged in a stream. Thanks to evidence left at the scene, a local physician was arrested and tried for the death of Mary Bean, the name given to the unidentified young girl; the cause of death was failed abortion. Garnering extensive newspaper coverage, the trial revealed many secrets: a poorly trained doctor, connections to an unsolved murder in New Hampshire, and the true identity of "Mary Bean"--a young Canadian mill worker named Berengera Caswell, missing since the previous winter. The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories examines the series of events that led Caswell to become Mary Bean and the intense curiosity and anxiety stimulated by this heavily watched trial. In addition to the sensationalist murder accounts, De Wolfe looks back at these events through a wide-angle lens exploring such themes as the rapid social changes brought about by urbanization and industrialization in antebellum nineteenth-century society, factory work and the changing roles for women, unregulated sexuality and the specter of abortion, and the sentimental novel as a guidebook. She posits that the real threat to women in the nineteenth century was not murder but a society that had ambiguous feelings about the role of women in the economic system, in education, and as independent citizens. Sure to place this case among the classics of crime literature, The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories features two reprinted accounts of Caswell's death, both fictional and originally printed in the 1850s, as well as an introduction that places these salacious accounts in a historical context.This book serves not simply as true crime but, rather, presents a seamy side of rapid industrial growth and the public anxiety over the emerging economic roles of women.

Domestic Broils

Shakers, Antebellum Marriage, and the Narratives of Mary and Joseph Dyer


Author: Mary M. Dyer,Elizabeth A. De Wolfe

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 1558498087

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 8995

In 1813, Joseph Dyer, his wife Mary, and their five children joined the Shaker community in Enfield, New Hampshire. Joseph quickly adapted to the Shaker way of life, but Mary chafed under its strictures and eventually left the community two years later. When the local elders and her husband refused to release the couple's children to Mary, she embarked on what would become a fifty-year campaign against the Shakers, beginning with the publication in 1818 of A Brief Statement of the Sufferings of Mary Dyer. The following year the Shakers countered by publishing Joseph's A Compendious Narrative, a scathing attack on what the title page called "the character, disposition and conduct of Mary Dyer." Reproduced here for the first time since their original publication, the Dyers' dueling accounts of the breakup of their marriage form the core of Domestic Broils. In Mary's telling, the deceptions of a cruel husband, backed by an unyielding Shaker hierarchy, destroyed what had once been a happy, productive family. Joseph's narrative counters these claims by alleging that Mary abused her children, neglected her husband, and engaged in extramarital affairs. In her introduction to the volume, Elizabeth De Wolfe places the Dyers' marital dispute in a broader historical context, drawing on their personal testimony to examine connected but conflicting views of marriage, family life, and Shakerism in the early republic. She also shows how the growing world of print facilitated the transformation of a private family quarrel into a public debate. Salacious, riveting, and immensely popular throughout New England, the Dyers' narratives not only captured imaginations but also reflected public anxieties over rapid cultural change in antebellum America. "A significant contribution that simultaneously dissects and contextualizes two primary sources relevant to women's studies, religious studies, communal studies, gender studies, and the history of the early American republic."-Christian Goodwillie, coeditor of Millennial Praises: A Shaker Hymnal

Transcending Borders

Abortion in the Past and Present


Author: Shannon Stettner,Katrina Ackerman,Kristin Burnett,Travis Hay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319483994

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 6287

This multidisciplinary volume investigates different abortion and reproductive practices across time, space, geography, national boundaries, and cultures. The authors specialize in the reproductive politics of Australia, Bolivia, Cameroon, France, ‘German East Africa,’ Ireland, Japan, Sweden, South Africa, the United States, and Zanzibar, with historical focuses on the pre-modern era, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as the present day. This timely work complicates the many histories and ongoing politics of abortion by exploring the conditions in which women have been forced to make these life-altering decisions.

Saco Revisited


Author: Saco Museum

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738572130

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 1990

Saco Revisited reveals an unprecedented glimpse into Saco's history. Vintage photographs from the collections of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum show the energy, industry, philanthropy, and patriotism of the city and its citizens from the mid-19th century to the present day. From the stately homes of early entrepreneurs to tragic fires and floods and the rise and decline of Saco's powerful textile mills, many photographs are presented publicly for the first time.

The Coming Man from Canton

Chinese Experience in Montana, 1862-1943


Author: Chris W. Merritt

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 1496201205

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 2326

In The Coming Man from Canton Christopher W. Merritt mines the historical and archaeological record of the Chinese immigrant experience in Montana to explore new questions and perspectives. During the 1860s Chinese immigrants arrived by the thousands, moving into the Rocky Mountain West and tenaciously searching for prosperity in the face of resistance, restriction, racism, and armed hostility from virtually every ethnic group in American society. As second-class citizens, Chinese immigrants remained largely insular and formed their own internal governments as well as labor and trade networks, typically establishing communities apart from the main towns. Chinese miners, launderers, restaurant keepers, gardeners, railroad laborers, and other workers became a separate but integral part of the American experience in the Intermountain West. Although Chinese immigrants constituted more than 10 percent of the Montana Territory's total population by 1870, the historical records provide a biased and narrow perspective, as they were generally written by European American community members. Merritt uses the statewide Montana context to show the diversity of Chinese settlements that has often been neglected by archival studies. His research highlights how the legacy of the Chinese in Montana is, or is not, reflected in modern Montana identity and how scholars, educators, professionals, and the public can alter the existing perception of this population as the "other" and perceive it instead an integral part of Montana's past.

Das Gewicht des Wassers



Author: Anita Shreve

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492974376

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1675

Der Segeltörn der Fotoreporterin Jean mit ihrer Familie, ihrem Schwager und dessen Freundin sollte eigentlich der Recherche eines über 100Jahre zurückliegenden Mordes an zwei jungen Norwegerinnen dienen. Doch schon bald entsteht an Bord des Bootes eine Atmosphäre von erotischer Spannung und Eifersucht, die unweigerlich in einer dramatischen Katastrophe endet ...

The Winds of Marble Arch And Other Stories


Author: Connie Willis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575120398

Category: Fiction

Page: 700

View: 5508

"Variety is the soul of pleasure," And variety is what this comprehensive new collection of Connie Willis is all about. The stories cover the entire spectrum, from sad to sparkling to terrifying, from classics to hard-to-find treasures with everything in between - orangutans, Egypt, earthworms, roast goose, college professors, mothers-in-law, aliens, secret codes, Secret Santas, tube stations, choir practice, the post office, the green light on Daisy's dock, weddings, divorces, death, and assorted plagues, from scarlet fever to "It's a Wonderful Life." And a dog. Famous for her "sure-hand plotting, unforgettable characters, and top-notch writing," Willis has been called, "the most relentlessly delightful science fiction writer alive," and there are numerous examples here. Among them, Willis's most famous stories - the Hugo- and Nebula-Award-winning "Fire Watch" and "Even the Queen" and "The Last of the Winnebagos" - along with undiscovered gems like Willis's heartfelt homage to Jack Williamson, "Nonstop to Portales." Her magical Christmas stories are here, too, from "Newsletter" to "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know..." which last year was made into the TV movie, Snow Wonder, starring Mary Tyler Moore. We've collected stories from throughout Willis's career, from early ones like "Cash Crop" and "Daisy, in the Sun," right up to her newest stories, including the wonderful "The Winds of Marble Arch." There's literally something for everyone here. If you're a diehard Willis fan, you'll be delighted with hard-to-find treasures like the until-now uncollected, "The Soul Selects Her Own Society..." If you've never read Connie Willis, this is your chance to discover "A Letter from the Clearys" and, well, "Chance." To say nothing of, "At the Rialto," the funniest story ever written about quantum physicists. And Willis's chilling, "All My Darling Daughters." And...oh, there are too many great stories here to list and pleasures galore. So enjoy!

The works of Mary Russell Mitford

prose and verse, viz Our village, Belford Regis, Country stories, Finden's tableaux, Foscari, Julian, Rienzi, Charles the First


Author: Mary Russell Mitford

Publisher: N.A



Page: 672

View: 3915

Journey Into Christmas and Other Stories


Author: Bess Streeter Aldrich

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803259089

Category: Fiction

Page: 265

View: 5282

Contains twelve short Christmas stories about reunited families, fellowship, and restored faith including 'I Remember,' a story about the author's childhood in Iowa.

Tod und Leben großer amerikanischer Städte


Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035602123

Category: Architecture

Page: 220

View: 3087

In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.

Sommer in Maine



Author: J. Courtney Sullivan

Publisher: Paul Zsolnay Verlag

ISBN: 3552062181

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 7927

Ein Sommer in Maine, vier Frauen und ihre Abgründe: Alice, die oft streng und unnahbar wirkt, würde alles dafür geben, eine einzige tragische Nacht in ihrem Leben ungeschehen zu machen, aber auch Tochter Kathleen, Enkelin Maggie und die scheinbar so perfekte Schwiegertochter Ann Marie, die am liebsten Puppenhäuser bastelt, haben panische Angst davor, dass ihre dunklen Geheimnisse ans Licht kommen könnten. Doch die Wogen gehen hoch zwischen den ungleichen Frauen, und die Fassaden bröckeln ... Eine meisterhaft erzählte Familiengeschichte in der Tradition der großen amerikanischen Romanciers.

The Plot Thickens


Author: Lawrence Block,Mary Higgins Clark,Edna Buchanan,Carol Higgins Clark,Nelson Demille,Janet Evanovich,Linda Fairstein,Walter Mosley,Nancy Pickard

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671015575

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 8173

A host of favorite authors including Lawrence Block, Edna Buchanan, Carol Higgins Clark, and Donald Westlake contribute stories that each feature a thick fog, a thick book, and a thick steak, in an anthology that supports the efforts of Literacy Partners. Original.

Die Liebe in diesen Zeiten



Author: Chris Cleave

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423431601

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 1608

»Jemanden zu lieben, hieß zu erkennen, wie allein man vorher gewesen war.« London bei Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Wie so viele andere meldet sich die junge Mary North zur Truppenunterstu ̈tzung, denn sie sieht darin die Chance, ihr Leben selbstbewusst in die Hand zu nehmen. Während die ersten Bomben fallen, engagiert sie sich als Hilfslehrerin und lernt Tom kennen. Als sie wenig später jedoch Toms Freund Alistair begegnet, fu ̈hlt sie sich augenblicklich zu ihm hingezogen – aber Alistair muss zuru ̈ck an die Front. Während die Welt in Schutt und Asche versinkt, geben allein ihre Briefe den beiden Liebenden Halt.

Letters to Horrie


Author: Mitzi Broome McKinney

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465322051

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 105

View: 6334

These letters/essays were written by Mitzi Broome McKinney, and posthumously compiled (and very minimally edited) by her daughter, Rebekah McKinney-Reese. They are stories about Mitzis childhood in West Texas on the ranch near Broome, Texas, with memories about her family and friends. The stories are insightful, poignant, and a window into the mind and spirit of a woman nearing the end of her liferemembering good times, bad times, lessons learned, and all the Life in between. Mitzi began writing these Letters to Horrie as shared remembrances with her cousin, Horace Kelton, when she was first exploring the wonderful new world of e-mail. She wrote other essays/stories as well, which are also included. Writing provided a creative outlet when Mitzis physical limitations prohibited her from working with her beloved metal, and a vehicle for writing down memories that would have been lost had she not committed them to the written word. Her family is very grateful that she did. Rebekah compiled these letters/essays after Mitzi died in November 2006. It was a way to help her cope with her immense grief, and she felt closer to her mother as she read and re-read the material. Rebekah and Mitzi always talked about compiling these letters into a book, but never quite got around to it. Mitzi was none too happy with her daughters coaxing her into the computer age, but we now know from these writings that she was glad she did. Reading these memories now made Rebekah wish she could ask her mother a million more questions, and she hopes that publishing these stories will keep her mothers memory and a way of life gone by alive for future generations. This little book was compiled primarily as a legacy for Mitzis family and friends. If other readers find this material, and are encouraged to write down their familys stories and history, so much the better.

The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories


Author: Tony Cooper

Publisher: Tony Cooper

ISBN: 1311982825

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9727

A collection of nine dark short stories about life, death and consequences. A mix of creepy, disturbing contemporary fantasy and science fiction stories in one book. In "The Resurrection Tree", a young girl changes the course of her family's life in one moment of panic. In "The Chaos Police", in the future, every action you take has a consequence, and you only get so many chances. In "Jazz On The Radio", a Professor finds he cannot escape the past he so desperately wants to. In "Seaview Hotel", an unusual group of individuals make a pilgrimage to a remote Scottish beach. In "Fake Mary", you are not even safe inside your own memories. In "The Last Villain", pride comes before the fall of mankind. In "Lord Of Shadow", a small boy becoming emotionally detached from his parents finds solace in the darkness. In "Making Gods", two linguistics experts find an awkward romance over ancient carvings. In 'The Colours of Jupiter' a group of scientists undertaking a radical experiment to prove the nature of time end up discovering more about their own nature.