Fall River Outrage recounts one of the most sensational
and widely reported murder cases in early nineteenth-century
America. When, in 1832, a pregnant mill worker was found hanged,
the investigation implicated a prominent Methodist minister.
Fearing adverse publicity, both the industrialists of Fall River
and the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church
engaged in energetic campaigns to obtain a favorable verdict. It
was also one of the earliest attempts by American lawyers to prove
their client innocent by assassinating the moral character of the
female victim. Fall River Outrage provides insight in
American social, legal, and labor history as well as women's
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