Last week in The Conversation, it was a pleasure to welcome author and distinguished professor Mary S. Palmer. She has written an interesting historical novel called Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice. It is based on the life of a nineteen-year-old printer named Charles R.S. Boyington, who was unjustly convicted and hanged for killing his best friend in 1835. Though, young Boyington pleaded his innocence, it only took the jury a few hours to convict.
It was a period when superstitious beliefs were high, and the vast majority of the people of Mobile were considered “as either God-fearing or evil, without exception.” After learning of Boyington’s atheistic beliefs, the court of public opinion swung toward him as the guilty party.
The story gives you a view of not just Mobile in the early 19th century, but also the life of the people who lived there during that period in history. Great read!
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