A Tale of Murder and Mercy in Colonial America
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 980 , Segment 1
Episode: Murder and Mercy in Colonial America
- Apr 28, 2021 7:00 pm
- 31:18 mins
In 1722, a pair of fur traders, John and Edmund Cartlidge, murdered a Seneca man named Sawantaeny. The dying man told his wife that he was killed "by his friends," triggering calls for reconciliation rather than the type of justice that the English expected. A reminder that there are many traditions of justice in American history. Guest: Nicole Eustace, Professor of History at New York University and author of "Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America"