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In 1806 a crowd of thousands descended upon Lenox, Massachusetts, for the public hanging of Ephraim Wheeler, condemned for the rape of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Betsy. No one had been executed for rape in Massachusetts in more than a quarter century. Over one hundred local citizens petitioned for Wheeler's pardon - including, most remarkably, Betsy and her mother.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674017603
ISBN-10: 0674017609
Format: Paperback
(202mm x 130mm x 23mm)
Pages: 408
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 6-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Irene Quenzler Brown

Irene Quenzler Brown, a historian, is Associate Professor of Family Studies, University of Connecticut. Richard D. Brown is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History, University of Connecticut, and Director, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute.