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ISBN-10:
080713158X
ISBN-13:
9780807131589
Pub. Date:
03/21/2006
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Kentucky Justice, Southern Honor, and American Manhood: Understanding the Life and Death of Richard Reid / Edition 1

Kentucky Justice, Southern Honor, and American Manhood: Understanding the Life and Death of Richard Reid / Edition 1

by James C. KlotterJames C. Klotter
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Overview

When attorney John Jay Cornelison severely beat Kentucky Superior Court judge Richard Reid in public on April 16, 1884, for allegedly injuring his honor, the event became front-page news. Would Reid react as a Christian gentleman, a man of the law, and let the legal system take its course, or would he follow the manly dictates of the code of honor and challenge his assailant?
James C. Klotter crafts a detective story, using historical, medical, legal, and psychological clues to piece together answers to the tragedy that followed.


“This book is a gem. . . . Klotter’s astute organization and gripping narrative add to the book’s appeal. . . . [He] has written a fascinating book that will be of interest to a wide audience.”
—American Historical Review


“A moving story well told, it does force the reader to reflect on our own era and consider whether we value leaders who respect the rule of law or those who believe that honor demands swift and bloody vengeance no matter the costs.”
—Ohio Valley History


“A rich and compelling work that offers fresh insights into the tense interplay among religion, law, and honor in the American South.”
—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807131589
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2006
Series: Southern Biography Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James C. Klotter is the author, coauthor, or editor of over a dozen books, including A New History of
Kentucky; The Breckinridges of Kentucky, 1760–1981;
and Kentucky: Portrait in Paradox, 1900–1950. The
State Historian of Kentucky and a professor of history at Georgetown College, he lives in Lexington.

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