George Wythe was Thomas Jefferson's mentor and friend, a signer
of the Declaration of Independence, chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court--and a victim of lethal poisoning. His murder and the trial of his nephew for the killing caused a sensation. Respected historian Bruce Chadwick probes the darker secrets of Richmond, Virginia
, and the period--including autopsies, early 19th-century forensics, race relations, and the law--to offer a compelling look at early American society.
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The men who attended the Second Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence risked their lives and fortunes to announce the new nation to the world. Richmond, Virginia, loated on the fall line of the James River, is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as capital of the Confederate States during the Civil War.