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By Michael Grossberg

ISBN-10: 0521552060

ISBN-13: 9780521552066

A Judgment for Solomon tells the tale of the d'Hauteville case, a arguable baby custody conflict fought in 1840. It makes use of the tale of 1 couple's sour struggle over their son to discover a few timebound and undying positive aspects of yankee felony tradition. This eagerly trial sparked a countrywide debate over the felony rights and tasks of mom and dad, husbands and better halves. The d'Hauteville case explains why well known trials turn into "precedents of criminal experience"-- mediums for debates approximately hugely contested social concerns. It additionally demonstrates the facility of person men and women to give a contribution to felony swap by way of turning to the legislation to struggle for what they wish.

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De Rham, the Swiss counsul in New York and a family friend. De Rham, a prominent New York lawyer, would henceforth serve as Gonzalve's principal legal advisor and oversee a growing legion of attorneys. De Rham and his other lawyers began blending their professional counsel with Gonzalve's increasingly well-developed sense of his legal rights as a husband and father. After considering his options, Gonzalve set off for Boston. He 30 A Judgment for Solomon tried to find her first at the Searses' Beacon Street mansion and then at their summer home at Nahant on Boston's north shore.

It would do so in the d'Hauteville case. As Ellen's advocate, David contended, incorrectly as he and his daughter soon learned, that mental as well as physical cruelty justified a marital separation under American domestic relations law: "I know not what would constitute ill-treatment in Switzerland. Perhaps there the severity of manners may require a corporeal infliction as the proof. But here it is different; and, with us, that moral tyranny which strikes its blows upon the mind, until it totters, is thought fully equivalent to all that the body can be brought to suffer.

Gonzalve even ordered his mother-in-law not to share letters from her family and friends in Boston with Ellen. In treating Miriam coldly, Gonzalve struck at one of his wife's most vulnerable flanks. "35 All the more so, because kinship ties were particularly strong among Boston Brahmin families and women were charged with maintaining them. Equally important, while she accused Gonzalve of victimizing her mother, Ellen also recalled growing concerns about Gonzalve's attachment to his mother. She remembered thinking that he seemed unable to free himself from his domineering mother and gain the personal autonomy a man needed to be a husband.

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