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Author Gross, Kali N., 1972- author.

Title Hannah Mary Tabbs and the disembodied torso : a tale of race, sex, and violence in America / Kali Nicole Gross.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]


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Description 220 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-211) and index.
Summary Shortly after a dismembered torso was discovered by a pond outside Philadelphia in 1887, investigators homed in on two suspects: Hannah Mary Tabbs, a married, working-class, black woman, and George Wilson, a former neighbor whom Tabbs implicated after her arrest. As details surrounding the shocking case emerged, both the crime and ensuing trial brought otherwise taboo subjects such as illicit sex, adultery, and domestic violence in the black community to public attention. At the same time, the mixed race of the victim and one of his assailants exacerbated anxieties over the purity of whiteness in the post-Reconstruction era.
Contents Prologue -- Handle with care -- The woman found -- To do him bodily harm -- Wavy hair and nearly white skin -- Held for trial -- A most revolting deed -- Epilogue.
Subject Tabbs, Hannah Mary.
Murder -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Case studies.
Family violence -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Case studies.
African Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
African American women -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Racially mixed people -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form True crime stories.
ISBN 9780190241216 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0190241217 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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