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

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

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Hannah Mary Tabbs and the disembodied torso : a tale of race, sex, and violence in America
Title
Hannah Mary Tabbs and the disembodied torso
Title remainder
a tale of race, sex, and violence in America
Statement of responsibility
Kali Nicole Gross
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Language
eng
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-which spanned several months-were featured in the national press. The 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. In Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso, historian Kali Nicole Gross uses detectives' notes, trial and prison records, local newspapers, and other archival documents to reconstruct this ghastly whodunit crime in all its scandalous detail. In doing so, she gives the crime context by analyzing it against broader evidence of police treatment of black suspects and violence within the black community. A fascinating work of historical recreation, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso is sure to captivate anyone interested in true crime, adulterous love triangles gone wrong, and the racially volatile world of post-Reconstruction Philadelphia
Summary
Shortly after a dismembered torso was discovered by a pond outside Philadelphia in 1887, investigators honed in on two black suspects: Mary Tabbs, a married, working class, black woman, and George Wilson, a former co-worker who Tabbs implicated after her arrest. Eventually police identified the victim as Wakefield Gaines, a biracial man who was Tabbs's paramour. The crime and ensuing trial--which spanned several months--featured in the national press. It 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 race in the post-Reconstruction era. Historian Kali Nicole Gross reconstructs this ghastly case and analyzes it against broader evidence of police treatment of black suspects and domestic violence within the black community. Gross highlights how one woman was implicated in and beat the criminal justice system in this adulterous love-triangle gone wrong
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Award
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award: Nonfiction, 2017.
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10469966
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DLC
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1972-
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Gross, Kali N.
Dewey number
364.152/3092
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Tabbs, Hannah Mary
  • Murder
  • Family violence
  • African Americans
  • African American women
  • Racially mixed people
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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a tale of race, sex, and violence in America
Label
Hannah Mary Tabbs and the disembodied torso : a tale of race, sex, and violence in America, Kali Nicole Gross
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn907657561
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780190241216
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015032082
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)907657561
Label
Hannah Mary Tabbs and the disembodied torso : a tale of race, sex, and violence in America, Kali Nicole Gross
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn907657561
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780190241216
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015032082
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)907657561

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