An associate professor of History at the University of Maryland. Ross offers the first full account of one of the events that electrified the South at one of the most critical moments in the history of American race relations. The book covers the kidnapping, where two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby in front of her New Orleans home. From the moment it happens through the highly publicized investigation and sensationalized trial that followed, Ross paints a vivid picture of the Reconstruction-era South and the complexities and possibilities that faced the newly integrated society.
Ross’s book also serves as a reminder that a fascination with sensationalized trials is hardly an invention of the last twenty-five years.
The program begins at 6pm at Sturgis Hall. Following the comments, Ross will sign his book.