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Uncertain Justice

Canadian Women and Capital Punishment, 1754-1953

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Uncertain Justice by F.Murray Greenwood
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In 1754 Eleanor Powers was hung for a murder committed during a botched robbery. She was the first woman condemned to die in Canada, but would not be the last. In Uncertain Justice, Beverley Boissery and Murray Greenwood portray a cast of women characters almost as often wronged by the law as they have wronged society. Starting with the Powers trial and continuing to the not-too-distant past, the authors expose the patriarchal values that lie at the core of criminal law, and the class and gender biases that permeate its procedures and applications. The writing style is similar to that of a popular mystery: "Harriet Henry lay dead. Horribly and indubitably. Her body sprawled against the bed, the head twisted at a grotesque angle. Foam engulfed the grinning mouth." Scholarly analysis combines with the narrative to make Uncertain Justice a fascinating and engaging read. There is a wealth of information about the emerging and evolving legal system and profession, the state of forensic science, the roles of juries, and the political turmoil and growing resistance to a purely class-based aristocratic form of government.

Author Biography

Historian Dr. Beverley Boissery, the author of A Deep Sense of Wrong and Uncertain Justice, is a full-time writer who lives in Crescent Beach, British Columbia. Like Beverley, Bronwyn Short was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia where she studied and taught history. She now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia where she writes and edits women's studies. Dr F Murray Greenwood, a Rhodes Scholar and Professor Emeritus (UBC), is the author of numerous scholarly articles and the acclaimed monograph Legacies of Fear. He is the co-editor of the Canadian State Trials Project and is married to Dr. Beverley Boissery, author of A Deep Sense of Wrong (Dundurn Press, 1995). They currently enjoy life at Crescent Beach, B.C.
Release date Australia
October 1st, 2000
Country of Publication
Canada
Imprint
Dundurn Group Ltd
Pages
280
Dimensions
152x229x10
ISBN-13
9781550023442
Product ID
1906421

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