R.I.P. Meriwether Lewis

I'm sure he would like nothing more, but it doesn't appear Meriwether Lewis' distant relatives agree. They want him dug up to prove that he didn't commit suicide. This fight to settle the dispute over whether Lewis was murdered or committed suicide isn't new, as it was discussed at various times during the 200th anniversary … Continue reading R.I.P. Meriwether Lewis

Suicide in the Early Republic

I recently started catching up on my academic journal reading. Two articles in different journals addressed aspects of suicide that I found interesting. I'll try to do justice to them in summarizing the arguments made by the authors. Richard Bell's "The Double Guilt of Dueling: The Stain of Suicide in Anti-Dueling Rhetoric in the Early Republic" … Continue reading Suicide in the Early Republic