These untold stories of over thirty mothers are rich with primary source excerpts. The often-sensational newspaper coverage of vivid trial accounts, the mothers’ desperate dilemmas and family life, & bio-sketches of the Judges and attorneys reveal much about our social history.
The author tells of their extra-marital relationships and economic struggles. The mothers ranged in age from 18 to 53 and came from 12 of Maine’s 16 counties across a 50-year period. Their sentences to hard labor varied from one year to life in prison. Their stories serve as a backdrop to a broader look at women in Maine’s early criminal justice and correctional systems.