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The Indispensable Guide to Early American Murder (The New Yorker)

The New Yorker, June 22, 2016

The Indispensable Guide to Early American Murder

What interested him were murders that inspired a pamphlet or book since those texts “constitute a great storehouse of legal, political, economic, social, and local history.” He went looking for such publications in private collections and rare bookstores, and especially in libraries: the Henry E. Huntington Library and Museum, in California; the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.; the Wichita City Public Library; the Boston Athenaeum; the American Antiquarian Society, in Massachusetts; the Princeton Theological Library; the New York Public Library; the New York Historical Society; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and law schools across the country.

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