State v. Nettles and Cannon:

A Murder Trial as Social History

AMH 3930

R 6-8, Keene-Flint 117

Elizabeth Dale 2002

 

 

Professor: Elizabeth Dale

Office: 025 Keene Flint

Office hours: W: 3-4 periods

R: 3-4 periods

Email: edale@history.ufl.edu

 

 

 

Required texts: State v. Nettles and Cannon

(course pack, available at University Copy Center on University Avenue)

Deborah Navas, Murdered by his Wife (2001)

Stephanie McCurry, Masters of Small Worlds (1997)

Jack K. Williams, Dueling in the Old South (1980)

Peter Bardaglio, Reconstructing the Household (1998)

Karen Halttunen, Murder Most Foul (2000)

Jules Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History (2001)

 

Assignments:

 

Research practice (each of these assignments is worth 2 points)

 

1.       Journal project, due week 2

2.       Book review project, due week 3

3.       Case project, due week 4

4.       Primary source project, due week 5

5.       Article project, due week 6

 

Paper projects (these assignments are worth different points, the number is in the parenthesis):

 

1.       Preliminary topic proposal, due week 3 (2.5 points)

2.       Specific topic proposal, due week 5 (2.5 points)

3.       Bibliography, due week 7 (worth 5 points)

4.       Preliminary presentation, due week 10 (worth 10 points)

5.       Draft paper, due week 13 (worth 10 points)

6.       Second presentations and comments on papers, due week 15 (worth 5 points each)

7.       Final paper, due Tuesday December 17 (worth 50 points)

 

Total points possible: 100

 

Grade equivalents

 

Recommended paper topics:

 

The Murder of Geogles and the Lynching of the Fiend Snyder, Bethlehem PA 1880. 813.008 A 512

 

Trial of Alpheus Hitchcock for the Murder of his Wife, Belinda, New York 1807. Z1215.S48 no. 13731

 

Trial of Alpheus Livermore and Samuel Angier for the Murder of Nicholas John Crevary, an Indian, 1813. Z1215.S48 no. 29967

 

Trial of Amos Broad and his Wife for the Beating of Betty, a Slave, New York, 1809. Z1215.S48 no. 18777

 

Trial of Charles Wakely, for the rape of Mrs. Rebecca Fay, New York 1810. Z1215.S48 No. 21515.

 

Trial of Cyrus Dean for murder, Vermont, 1808. Z1215.S48 no. 16344

 

Trial of David Lynn, et al, for murder, Maine 1809. Z1215.S48 no. 21516

 

Trial of Ebenezer Ball, for murder, in Maine 1811. Z1215.S48 no. 24056

 

Trial of Edward Tinker, a mariner, for murder, in North Carolina, 1811. Z1215.S48 no. 24057

 

Trial of General Von Harten for forgeries amounting to $50,000, Baltimore 1806. Z1215.S48 no. 13735

 

Trial fo George Hersey for the murder of Betty Francis Tirrell. KF223.H47 Y4 1997 (Levin College of Law Library)

 

Trial of George Travers for murder, Massachusetts 1814. Z1215.S48 no. 36119

 

Trial of Helen Watt for the murder of her Husband, London 1766. PR1134. E541 1982, reel #692 no. 10

 

Trial of Henry Hagerman for assault with intent to commit murder, NY 1818. Z1215.S48 no. 43126.

 

Trial of Henry W. Allen for kidnapping in relation to the fugitive slave laws, New York 1852. E449 .A62365 1998 (fiche) 51,313-51,316

 

Trial of James Anty, for murder, Vermont, 1814. Z1215.S48 no. 32962

 

Alton Trials for Crimes of Riot, involving the attack by a mob on the printing press of Elijah Lovejoy, 1837. E 499 .A62 365 1998 (fiche) 50,515-50,518

 

Maturin Livingston against James Cheetham, for libel, New York, 1807. Z1215.S48 no. 13738

 

Trial of Miss Mary Ann Tocker for alleged libel on R. Guerney. Z1215.S48 no. 43653

 

Kentucky Jurisprudence, Trial of Miss Delia A. Webster on a charge of aiding slaves. E 449 .A62365 1998 (fiche) 50,679-50,681

 

Trial of Moses Adams for the Murder of his Wife, Mass 1815. Z1215.S48 no. 36122.

 

Trial of Thomas Gaynor for the murder of his Wife, Charleston SC 1810. Z1215.S48 no. 21390

 

 

First week beginning Monday, August 26

 

Introduction to the course

 

Second week beginning Monday, September 2

 

Reading: State v. Nettles and Cannon transcription

Journal assignment due

 

Third week beginning Monday, September 9

 

Book review project due, further discussion of Nettles and Cannon

Preliminary topic proposal due

Blackstone on homicide and on accessories (if you have problems accessing the site, the URL is

http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/blackstone/blacksto.htm#book4 (look for the sections on homicide and accessories there)

 

Fourth week beginning Monday September 16

 

Reading: Dueling in the Old South

Case assignment due

Fifth week beginning Monday, September 23

 

Specific paper proposal due, primary source project

Further discussion of Nettles and Cannon

 

Sixth week beginning Monday, September 30

 

Reading: Masters of Small Worlds

Article project due

 

Seventh week beginning Monday, October 7

 

Bibliography due, further discussion of Nettles and Cannon

 

Eighth week beginning Monday, October 14

 

Reading: Reconstructing the Household

 

Ninth week beginning Monday, October 21

 

Individual conferences on projects, no class

 

Tenth week beginning Monday, October 28

 

Preliminary presentations on papers

 

Eleventh week beginning Monday, November 4

 

Reading: Murder Most Foul

 

Twelfth week beginning Monday, November 11

 

Reading: Murdered by his Wife

Thirteenth week beginning Monday, November 18

 

Drafts of papers due

Fourteenth week beginning Monday, November 25

 

No class, Thanksgiving

 

Fifteenth week beginning Monday, December 2

 

Presentations on papers, and comments

 

Sixteenth week beginning Monday, December 9

 

Individual conferences on papers

 

Finals week beginning December 14

 

Assignment: final papers due on Tuesday, December 17 at noon in my office