Death of an Overseer Reopening a Murder Investigation from the Plantation South

ISBN-10: 0195140044

ISBN-13: 9780195140040

Edition: 2001

Authors: Michael Wayne

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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, 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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Book details

List price: $59.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/8/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

On History as Common Sense
Investigation and Verdict
The Evidence
The Evidence Reconsidered
Slavery
The Question of a Frame-Up
Black Images, White Minds
Democracy and Justice
In Search of John McCallin
An Epitaph for Duncan Skinner
First Draft and Fragment of a Second Draft of the Letter from Alexander Farrar to Henry Drake
Court Records from the Trial of Henderson, Reuben, and Anderson
Additional Materials in the Newspapers Relating to the Trial and Execution of Henderson, Reuben, and Anderson
Additional Archival Material
Essay on Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Note to Readers
Index
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