The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America

http://www.murderbygaslight.com/2012/10/a-matter-of-honor.html

The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America

Monday, 24 February 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
Pavilion Seminar Room, Gateway Building, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Andrew Porwancher (University of Oklahoma; Alistair Horne Fellow, St Antony's College)
Convenor: 
Dr Halbert Jones
Series: 
North American Studies Seminar Series

Andrew Porwancher is the Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College and an Assistant Professor of Classics and Letters at the University of Oklahoma. He will tell the blood-soaked tale of Nicholas Dukes and Captain Adam Nutt, two politicians in nineteenth-century Pennsylvania who engaged in a lethal duel after one confessed to seducing the other's daughter. The resulting murder trial captivated the national imagination and reveals much about a society torn between the conventions of the past and the demands of the future. The Dukes-Nutt saga also suggests that the code of honor was not unique to the American South but a national phenomenon that transcended regional divides in the Gilded Age.