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'I Have Killed a Damned Dog': Murder by a Poor White in the Antebellum South


Abstract:
A look at the character and psychology of antebellum white laborer Edward Isham and the circumstances that surrounded the brutal murder of yeoman farmer James Cornelius by Isham, as well as Isham's resulting trial. Interpretation of the events is used to extrapolate general ideas about poor and powerless white southerners in the antebellum period.
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