↠ Death of an Overseer: Reopening a Murder Investigation from the Plantation South || ✓ PDF Read by ↠ Michael Wayne


  • Title: Death of an Overseer: Reopening a Murder Investigation from the Plantation South
  • Author: Michael Wayne
  • ISBN: 9780195140040
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback

  • In May of 1857, the body of Duncan Skinner was found in a strip of woods along the edge of the plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, where he worked as an overseer Although a coroner s jury initially ruled his death to be accidental, an investigation organized by planters from the community concluded that he had been murdered by three slaves acting under instructions fromIn May of 1857, the body of Duncan Skinner was found in a strip of woods along the edge of the plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, where he worked as an overseer Although a coroner s jury initially ruled his death to be accidental, an investigation organized by planters from the community concluded that he had been murdered by three slaves acting under instructions from John McCallin, an Irish carpenter.Now, almost a century and a half later, Michael Wayne has reopened the case to ask whether the men involved in the investigation arrived at the right verdict Part essay on the art of historical detection, part seminar on the history of slavery and the Old South, Death of an Overseer is, above all, a murder mystery a murder mystery that allows readers to sift through the surviving evidence themselves and come to their own conclusions about who killed Duncan Skinner and why.
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    Commentaires:

    Rose
    In May 1857 the battered corpse of Duncan Skinner, an overseer on a plantation owned by wealthy widow Clarissa Sharpe, was found in a wooded area near the estate. The original investigators concluded that he’d been killed by an accidental fall from his horse, but the dead man’s brother and other sceptical locals dug deeper and found evidence of murder. Three of Mrs. Sharpe’s slaves confessed to killing Skinner, whose harsh treatment of them was notorious, and were hanged after a brief and [...]

    Sugarpop
    I read this several years ago for a class and just reread it again. At the end of the sixth chapter is this: “But, then, why limit these observations to the nineteenth century, why limit them to the United States? In what society do privileged elites not embrace a view of the world designed to justify their status, and in what society does the distance between that view of the world and social reality not create contradictions? And, to return to the starting point of this whole exercise, in wh [...]

    Helen
    It's fascinating to see the author's historical research reveal the true story.

    Jordan
    Was a good book, at times was a little beside the point but overall it served its purpose.

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