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Lift Up Your Head, Tom Dooley: The True Story of the Appalachian Murder That Inspired One of America's Most Popular Ballads
Tom Dula's trial unveiled a sordid story of sexual immorality, resentment, jealousy and bitterness, and he was convicted and hanged before a huge crowd in Statesville, an event that drew national attention. The story lived on, in time becoming entwined with myth and legend, because it inspired a ballad that was sung throughout the mountains.
Paperback, 134 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Down Home Press
(first published December 31st 1970)
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I have read a fictionalized account of the murder of Laura Foster previously and grew up hearing the story (being raised in Wilkes County, site of the crime). I even tell the story on a regular basis in my role as a storyteller/tour guide. I chose this book in hope of learning some new facts or gaining some new understanding of the players or the trials. This goal was not accomplished. The book contained a lot of trial transcript, both in the telling of the events and the retelling of the convic ...more
Since I live only a few miles from where this murder took place, I found this book very interesting. I like history and murder mysteries and this combines the two so I enjoyed it. There is so much folklore and stories passed around about what happened and who really committed the murder and it was fascinating to learn what was true and what was not. Everyone has an opinion on who did it and this book helped me form my own. Now to drive out and see the actual places and graves.