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Cry of Murder on Broadway: A Woman's Ruin and Revenge in Old New York

Julie Miller


This book shows how a woman's desperate attempt at murder came to momentarily embody the anger and anxiety felt by many people at a time of economic and social upheaval and expanding expectations for equal rights. On the evening of November 1, 1843, a young household servant named Amelia Norman attacked Henry Ballard, a prosperous merchant, on the steps of the Astor House Hotel. Agitated and distraught, Norman had followed Ballard down Broadway before confronting him at the door to the hotel. Taking out a folding knife, she stabbed him. Ballard survived the attack, and the trial that followed ... More

Keywords: murder, equal rights, Amelia Norman, Henry Ballard, Lydia Maria Child, women's rights, workers' rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501751486
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501751486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Miller, author