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The Wayward Girls of Samarcand, A True Story of the American South Melton McLaurin

The Wayward Girls of Samarcand, A True Story of the American South

Melton McLaurin

Published May 28th 2012
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106 pages
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The Wayward Girls of Samarcand, A True Story of the American South is a narrative of the sensational 1931 Arson Trial in North Carolina, when sixteen poor white teenage girls faced the death penalty for burning down two dormitories at the StateMoreThe Wayward Girls of Samarcand, A True Story of the American South is a narrative of the sensational 1931 Arson Trial in North Carolina, when sixteen poor white teenage girls faced the death penalty for burning down two dormitories at the State Reform School for Girls. Crusading journalist, socialite, and attorney Nell Battle Lewis defended her clients by exposing sadistic treatment, deplorable conditions, and forced sterilization presided over by Samarcand superintendent Agnes B. MacNaughton. In this her first and last trial, Lewis saved the defendants from the electric chair.