Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Walk Towards the Gallows: The Tragedy of Hilda Blake, Hanged 1899 - Canadian Social History Series (Paperback)
  • Walk Towards the Gallows: The Tragedy of Hilda Blake, Hanged 1899 - Canadian Social History Series (Paperback)
zoom

Walk Towards the Gallows: The Tragedy of Hilda Blake, Hanged 1899 - Canadian Social History Series (Paperback)

(author), (author)
£23.99
Paperback 318 Pages / Published: 28/04/2007
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
On 5 July 1899 Hilda Blake, a 21-year-old maidservant in Brandon, Manitoba, who had come to Canada from England ten years earlier as an orphan immigrant, shot and killed her mistress. Two days after Christmas she was hanged, one of the few women in Canadian history to die for her crime. Blake unintentionally left a remarkable documentary record, ranging from Poorhouse records, courts dockets of custody and criminal cases in which she was the central figure, popular, journalistic, and professional assessments of her character, and a poem, 'My Downfall', that she penned in Brandon Gaol while awaiting execution. To explain why Hilda bought a gun and why she fired it, Kramer and Mitchell employee both historical and literary techniques. The result is a richly textured story of late Victorian social, cultural, and political life. This remarkable book - part mystery, part historical detective story - uncovers Hilda Blake's life, from her origins in Norfolk, England, to her tragic death. It also examines the lives of other principals in the story: successful Brandon businessman Robert Lane and his wife Mary, the murdered woman; Lane's business partner, Alexander McIlvride; Police Chief James Kircaldy; A.P. Stewart and his wife, Letitia Singer Stewart, the family for whom the 12-year-old orphaned Hilda first worked as a domestic servant; Rev. C.C. McLaurin, the Baptist minister who knew Hilda and counselled the condemned woman in her final days; social purity activist Dr Amelia Yeomans, who petitioned for clemency; Governor-General Minto, who urged the Laurier government to stay the execution, even Clifford Sifton, the MP from Brandon, federal minister of Immigration, and the most powerful western Liberal in the Laurier cabinet, for whom the case was a potential minefield. As the authors write, 'We tell a story because only a story can expose the real workings of a culture, and only a story can express our protest against time.'

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802095428
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Secret Lives of Colour
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Paperback
Homo Deus
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Added to basket
A Tudor Christmas
Added to basket
£9.99
Hardback
Chernobyl
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Watling Street
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.49
Paperback
Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
Must I Repeat Myself...?
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Hardback
The Golden Thread
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Endeavour
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
The Times On This Day
Added to basket
Drawing Europe Together
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback
Jane Austen at Home
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.