The Resource The trials of Laura Fair : sex, murder, and insanity in the Victorian West, Carole Haber

The trials of Laura Fair : sex, murder, and insanity in the Victorian West, Carole Haber

Label
The trials of Laura Fair : sex, murder, and insanity in the Victorian West
Title
The trials of Laura Fair
Title remainder
sex, murder, and insanity in the Victorian West
Statement of responsibility
Carole Haber
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On November 3, 1870, on a San Francisco ferry, Laura Fair shot a bullet into the heart of her married lover, A.P. Crittenden. Throughout her two murder trials, Fair's lawyers, supported by expert testimony from physicians, claimed that the shooting was the result of temporary insanity caused by a severely painful menstrual cycle. The first jury disregarded such testimony, choosing instead to focus on Fair's disreputable character. In the second trial, however, an effective defense built on contemporary medical beliefs and gendered stereotypes led to a verdict that shocked Americans across the country. In this rousing history, Carole Haber probes changing ideas about morality and immorality, masculinity and femininity, love and marriage, health and disease, and mental illness to show that all these concepts were reinvented in the Victorian West. Haber's book examines the era's most controversial issues, including suffrage, the gendered courts, women's physiology, and free love. This notorious story enriches our understanding of Victorian society, opening the door to a discussion about the ways in which reputation, especially female reputation, is shaped
Member of
Cataloging source
NjRocCCS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Haber, Carole
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF223.F34
LC item number
H33 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • HeinOnline women and the law
  • HeinOnline UNC Press law publications
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fair, Laura D
  • Crittenden, Alexander Parker
  • Trials (Murder)
Target audience
specialized
Label
The trials of Laura Fair : sex, murder, and insanity in the Victorian West, Carole Haber
Instantiates
Publication
Distribution
Note
©2016 Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-298) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Laura D. Fair and the unwritten law -- The she-devil known as Mrs. Laura D. Fair -- The case for the prosecution -- The defense responds -- The Appeal -- The Second Trial -- The Fair Lunatic -- Epilogue: The Many Faces of Laura D. Fair
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 310 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The trials of Laura Fair : sex, murder, and insanity in the Victorian West, Carole Haber
Publication
Distribution
Note
©2016 Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-298) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Laura D. Fair and the unwritten law -- The she-devil known as Mrs. Laura D. Fair -- The case for the prosecution -- The defense responds -- The Appeal -- The Second Trial -- The Fair Lunatic -- Epilogue: The Many Faces of Laura D. Fair
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 310 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote

Library Locations

    • Biddle Law LibraryBorrow it
      3400 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104, US
      39.954941 -75.193362
Processing Feedback ...