- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: February 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781108377812
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108377812
On July 4, 1791, the fifteenth anniversary of American Independence, John Crane, a descendant of prominent Virginian families, killed his neighbor's harvest worker. Murder in the Shenandoah traces the story of this early murder case as it entangled powerful Virginians and addressed the question that everyone in the state was heatedly debating: what would it mean to have equality before the law - and a world where 'law is king'? By retelling the story of the case, called Commonwealth v. Crane, through the eyes of its witnesses, families, fighters, victims, judges, and juries, Jessica K. Lowe reveals how revolutionary debates about justice gripped the new nation, transforming ideas about law, punishment, and popular government.
Alan Taylor - author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750–1804
Victoria Saker Woeste - American Bar Foundation
Sean Wilentz - author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
Stanley Katz - Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies
Alfred L. Brophy - author of University, Court, and Slave: Proslavery Thought in Colleges and Courts and the Coming of Civil War
Yvonne Pitts Source: Journal of Southern History
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