The Cincinnati Courthouse Riot

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Corruption and murder in the Gilded Age. A spate of bloody killings and a devastating flood set off a firestorm that Cincinnati would never forget. In 1884, three nights of rioting left dozens dead, a courthouse burned to the ground, and the way clear for a new political regime to sweep in. When jury tampering led to a murderer getting the milder verdict of manslaughter, throngs more than 10,000 citizens took to the streets to deliver their own justice. In this sweeping account of some of Cincinnati's bloodiest days, historian Steven J. Rolfes examines the political, social, and economical milieu of a city swept by tides of change.
ISBN: 9781455621873
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Ohio
Images: 24
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Although his passion has always been writing, Steven J. Rolfes has worked as a teacher, border patrol agent, salesman, jeweler, former ESL teacher for Spanish-speaking immigrants, and detective. He is a volunteer at the Cincinnati History Museum and an employee at the Ohio Regional Transit Authority. At Ohio RTA, he has been a supervisor, dispatcher, clerk, and operator for twenty-eight years. Rolfes received his BA in English from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Civil War Round Table and the Mount Healthy Historical Society, a Metro Employee of the Year Finalist, and a frequent participant in Books by the Banks. The author of four books on Cincinnati history, he has also been published in National Examiner. Rolfes lives with his wife and two children in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was born and raised. He enjoys studying German and reading history and folklore books.
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