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Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome lawyer, scholar, and writer CARA ROBERTSON for a discussion of her debut book, "The Trial of Lizzie Borden." The book tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle. Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom, offering a window onto America in the Gilded Age and showcasing its most deeply held convictions and most troubling social anxieties.