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Death of an overseer : reopening a murder investigation from the Plantation South

Author: Michael Wayne
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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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 from John McCallin, an Irish carpenter. Now,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Wayne, Michael, 1947-
Death of an overseer.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
(DLC) 00032416
(OCoLC)43952019
Named Person: John McCallin
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Wayne
ISBN: 0195302516 9780195302516 9780195140033 0195140036 9780195140040 0195140044 128048134X 9781280481345
OCLC Number: 58995083
Description: 1 online resource (257 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: On History as Common Sense; 1 Investigation and Verdict; 2 The Evidence; 3 The Evidence Reconsidered; 4 Slavery; 5 The Question of a Frame-Up; 6 Black Images, White Minds; 7 Democracy and Justice; 8 In Search of John McCallin; An Epitaph for Duncan Skinner; APPENDIX I: First Draft and Fragment of a Second Draft of the Letter from Alexander Farrar to Henry Drake; APPENDIX II: Court Records from the Trial of Henderson, Reuben, and Anderson; APPENDIX III: Additional Materials in the Newspapers Relating to the Trial and Execution of Henderson, Reuben, and Anderson APPENDIX IV: Additional Archival MaterialEssay on Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading; Acknowledgments; Note to Readers; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
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Reopening an investigation into the death of a plantation overseer - Duncan Skinner - almost a century and a half ago, this work is is part murder mystery, part essay on the art of historical  Read more...

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