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Death of an Overseer: Reopening a Murder Investigation from the Plantation South

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In May of 1857, the body of Duncan Skinner was found in a strip of woods along the edge of the plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, where he worked as an overseer. Although a coroner's jury initially ruled his death to be accidental, an investigation organized by planters from the community concluded that he had been murdered by three slaves acting under instructions from John McCallin, an Irish carpenter.

Now, almost a century and a half later, Michael Wayne has reopened the case to ask whether the men involved in the investigation arrived at the right verdict. Part essay on the art of historical detection, part seminar on the history of slavery and the Old South, Death of an Overseer is, above all, a murder mystery--a murder mystery that allows readers to sift through the surviving evidence themselves and come to their own conclusions about who killed Duncan Skinner and why.

Synopsis:

In May of 1857, the body of Duncan Skinner was found in a strip of woods along the edge of the plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, where he worked as an overseer. Although a coroner's jury initially ruled his death to be accidental, an investigation organized by planters from the community

concluded that he had been murdered by three slaves acting under instructions from John McCallin, an Irish carpenter.

Now, almost a century and a half later, Michael Wayne has reopened the case to ask whether the men involved in the investigation arrived at the right verdict. Part essay on the art of historical detection, part seminar on the history of slavery and the Old South, Death of an Overseer is, above all,

a murder mystery--a murder mystery that allows readers to sift through the surviving evidence themselves and come to their own conclusions about who killed Duncan Skinner and why.

About the Author

Michael Wayne teaches history at University College, the University of Toronto. His first book, The Reshaping of Plantation Society, won multiple prizes, including the Francis Butler Simkins Award of the Southern Historical Association.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195140040
Author:
Wayne, Michael
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Michael
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
History
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
History, American | African American
Subject:
History, American | Civil War and Reconstruction
Subject:
McCallin, John
Subject:
Murder - Mississippi - Adams County - History
Subject:
History, American | Civil War
Subject:
Reconstruction
Subject:
History, American | Civil War & Reconstruction
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones, and maps
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.61 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In May of 1857, the body of Duncan Skinner was found in a strip of woods along the edge of the plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, where he worked as an overseer. Although a coroner's jury initially ruled his death to be accidental, an investigation organized by planters from the community

concluded that he had been murdered by three slaves acting under instructions from John McCallin, an Irish carpenter.

Now, almost a century and a half later, Michael Wayne has reopened the case to ask whether the men involved in the investigation arrived at the right verdict. Part essay on the art of historical detection, part seminar on the history of slavery and the Old South, Death of an Overseer is, above all,

a murder mystery--a murder mystery that allows readers to sift through the surviving evidence themselves and come to their own conclusions about who killed Duncan Skinner and why.

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