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On New Year's Eve in 1843, Rhode Island cloth producer Amasa Sprague used to be shot and overwhelmed to demise. inside days, 3 Irish immigrant brothers have been arrested, charged with homicide, and at last dropped at trial.

Brotherly Love is a image reconstruction of the crime, its social and financial heritage, and the following trials. the tale finds the antagonism among native-born Yankees, who commanded nice energy, and the turning out to be variety of Irish Catholic immigrants, so much of whom labored within the fabric turbines. certainly, the industrial, political, and non secular dimensions of the clash are all glaring within the trials.

The authors argue persuasively that the Gordons have been sufferers of bigotry and circumstantial proof, serving as handy scapegoats to soothe a neighborhood outraged over the homicide of its wealthiest citizen. In telling the tale of this infamous case, Brotherly Love unearths the politics of prejudice in nineteenth-century New England as performed out in neighborhood and court.

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