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The Defense of Kitty Ann Milstead

On October 7th, 1843, a group of men stoned the house of Kitty Ann Milstead and attacked Edward Robinson, who was there at the time. Though the men were eventually apprehended, her case demonstrates how the chaotic nature of the criminal justice system in the 19th century left women vulnerable. Read the full story.

 

Sources:

BEEBE, ANN. "E.D.E.N. Southworth's Civil War Washington." Washington History 27, no. 2 (2015): 27-39. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43588157.

Edwards, Laura F. The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009.

Lystra, Karen. Searching the Heart : Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America, Oxford University Press, 1992. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/oberlin/detail.action?docID=241311.

 

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