More bad (and I mean bad) language from olden days.

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Dec 4 15:20:41 UTC 2009

On Fri, Dec 04, 2009 at 10:16:58AM -0500, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> The quote was attributed, by the 14-year-old victim, to a
> 16-year-old African-American defendant in a trial for attempted rape in
> Currituck Co., N.C., in September, 1865.  The defendant's conviction
> resulted, perhaps surprisingly, in a sentence of just one month in jail.

The victim was white? And the sentence was for just a month?
That's pretty shocking to me.

Jesse Sheidlower

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