Read Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and Reputation in Jefferson's America by Cynthia A. Kierner Online

scandal-at-bizarre-rumor-and-reputation-in-jefferson-s-america

In the early 1790s Richard Randolph was accused of fathering a child by his sister-in-law, Nancy, and murdering the baby shortly after its birth. Rumors about the incident, which occurred during a visit to the plantation of close family friends, spread like wildfire. Randolph found himself on trial for the crime largely because of the public outrage fueled by these rumors.In the early 1790s Richard Randolph was accused of fathering a child by his sister-in-law, Nancy, and murdering the baby shortly after its birth. Rumors about the incident, which occurred during a visit to the plantation of close family friends, spread like wildfire. Randolph found himself on trial for the crime largely because of the public outrage fueled by these rumors. The rest of the household suffered too, and only Nancy, who later married the esteemed New York statesman Gouverneur Morris, would find any degree of happiness. A tale of family passion, betrayal, and deception, Scandal at Bizarre is a fascinating historical portrait of the social and political realities of a world long vanished....

Title : Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and Reputation in Jefferson's America
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780813926162
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 246 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and Reputation in Jefferson's America Reviews

  • Geni
    2019-11-07 20:35

    I enjoy historical fiction, and learning lurid details about our predecessors along with understanding the events in their lives makes it more enjoyable, I say. This story was particularly opprobrious. It certainly wasn't anything my history professors taught! One reason this book didn't earn more stars from me was the author's style. It was most suitable for one's research thesis, but such an interesting and well-researched tale could have been revealed in a much more lively and engaging (and less repetitious) manner.

  • Dmknoell
    2019-11-24 01:18

    an interesting look at the lifestyle of our forebears.... they traveled and lived together a lot, intermarried a lot... I agree with another reader's comment that the author's "voice" left something to be desired. Although could she have had limited resources to call upon from which to make these characters "live"? on the other hand, I live in Albemarle County, VA, 4 miles from Monticello so it is always fascinating to learn about the people who lived here so long ago and traveled the same roads I now do.

  • Megan
    2019-12-05 00:35

    A very insightful and informative look at the lives of the main actors in the late 18th century Virginia scandal (which did not take place at Bizarre, but involved its residents). Kierner examines the power of gossip in the early republic, print culture, and conceptions of gender. Also very readable.

  • Marie
    2019-12-01 01:30

    Rumors that ciculated in the early republic about Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law about their possible sexual relationship and a subsequent infanticide reveal values held by Virginia elites, their slaves, and northerners, all of whom participated in the gossip.

  • Jack
    2019-11-10 22:39

    Most interesting. Microhistory. By focusing on an event of regular folks, Kierner tells a story of Jeffersonian America.

  • Susan
    2019-11-07 20:20

    Fascinating book about an early American scandal among the Virginia aristocracy.