Death of an Overseer Reopening a Murder Investigation from the Plantation South
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/8/2001
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|On History as Common Sense|
|Investigation and Verdict|
|The Evidence Reconsidered|
|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|
|Note to Readers|