Northshire Live: Tobey Pearl "Terror to the Wicked"

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Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Join Northshire Bookstore for a discussion about Tobey Pearl's riveting Terror to the Wicked: America's First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation, with historical novelist Matthew Pearl.

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A brutal killing, an all-out manhunt, and a riveting account of the first murder trial in U.S. history, set in the 1600s in colonial New England against the backdrop of the Pequot War (between the Pequot tribe and the colonists of Massachusetts Bay): an explosive trial whose outcome changed the course of history, ended a two-year war, and brought about a peace that allowed the colonies to become a full-blown nation.

The year: 1638. The setting: Providence, Plymouth Colony. A young Nipmuc tribesman, returning home from trading beaver pelts, is fatally stabbed in a robbery in the woods near Plymouth Colony by a white runaway servant and fellow rogues. Fighting for his life, the tribesman is able with his final breaths to reveal the details of the attack to Providence's governor, Roger Williams. A frantic manhunt by the fledgling government ensues, followed by the convening of the colony's first murder trial, with Plymouth Colony's governor Thomas Prence presiding as judge. The jury: local settlers (white) whose allegiance seems more likely to be with the accused than with the murdered man (a native) . . .

Piecing together a fascinating narrative through original research and first-rate detective work, Tobey Pearl re-creates in detail this startling, pivotal moment in pre-revolutionary America, as she examines the evolution of our nascent civil liberties and the role of the jury as a safeguard against injustice.

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Terror to the Wicked: America's First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781101871713
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon - March 16th, 2021

The Dante Chamber: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109495
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - August 13th, 2019

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