Woodstock’s Infamous Murder Trial : Early Racial Injustice in Upstate New York

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When a white man from a prominent local family in Woodstock was murdered in 1905, authorities quickly identified a local African American man as the prime suspect. Amid racist animus in the press, he fled across two counties before being apprehended by a vigilante and charged. Local reformer and politician Augustus H. Van Buren stood up to community pressure and defended the accused pro bono. It took three years and multiple trials to overcome racial inequalities in the justice system. Local historian Richard Heppner documents the crime, arrest and trials that revealed racial tensions in upstate New York at the turn of the century.
ISBN: 9781467144766
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: True Crime
Images: 26
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Richard Heppner is the town historian for Woodstock, New York. He is the author of Remembering Woodstock, Women of the Catskills, Legendary Locals of Woodstock and Woodstock: Everyday History.
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