Slocomb, Cora

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(1862-1944) US author who became well known for her successful campaign to clear Maria Barbieri, an Italian immigrant woman, of an unsound conviction for first degree murder; Barbieri would have been the first woman to be judicially electrocuted; her case aroused widespread Feminist interest, though Slocomb herself was subject to death threats. Rather less gripping than these events, her novel, An American Idyll (1896; vt Ampharita: An American Idyll 1897), is a Lost Race tale set in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico and in Arizona, where a Native American civilization has remained inexplicably civilized; her depiction of the world outside being denuded by the "cupidity" of white civilization is an early fictional presentation of Ecological and environmental crisis. [JC]

Countess Cora Ann Slocomb Di Brazzà Savorgnan

born New Orleans, Louisiana: 7 January 1862

died Italy: 1944

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