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|Genre/Form:||Trials, litigation, etc|
|Named Person:||Daniel Clark, Jr.; Myra Clark Gaines; Daniel Clark, Jr.; Myra Clark Gaines|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Elizabeth Urban Alexander
|ISBN:||0807126985 9780807126981 0807130249 9780807130247|
|Description:||xiv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: The Celebrated Case of Myra Clark Gaines --
A Journey of Discovery --
The City by the River --
"A Pair of Unscrupulous Adventurers" --
A Man of "Energy, Intelligence, and Pliability" --
A Life of Intrigue --
A Romance in Real Life --
A Most Unusual Woman --
A "Prolonged and Interesting Lawsuit" --
The Supreme Court Changes Its Mind --
Victory at Last --
Conclusion: "The Most Remarkable Case."
|Series Title:||Southern biography series.|
|Responsibility:||Elizabeth Urban Alexander.|
"The Great Gaines Case wound its tortuous path through the United States legal system from 1834 until 1891, pursued even after Gaines's death by lawyers trying to recoup fees. It was considered by the U.S. Supreme Court seventeen times. By courageously bringing her case to the courtroom and doggedly keeping it there, Alexander asserts, Gaines helped instigate a new type of family law that provided special protection of women, children, and marriages. Her lawyers skillfully wove together the strands of this emerging domestic relations law and the popularity of nineteenth-century sentimental fiction to fabricate a true-life romance, manipulating both the courtroom and public opinion with common stereotypes."
"Though Gaines never recovered more than a tiny fraction of the rumored millions, this riveting chronicle of her struggle for legitimacy and legacy is a gold mine for anyone interested in legal history, women's studies, or a good yarn superbly spun."--Jacket.