Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 6, 2008 - History - 256 pages
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This quintessential David-and-Goliath saga tells the story of a wholly unexpected triumph of the poor against the rich and of a crusading city attorney who fought on behalf of an impoverished peasant.
Amalia Bagnacavalli, an illiterate young peasant from the mountains near Bologna, is forced by poverty to take in a child from the city’s foundling home to wet-nurse. When Amalia contracts syphilis from the sickly and malformed baby given to her, the city fathers callously dismiss her pleas for treatment and restitution.
Bewildered and frightened, she seeks out Augusto Barbieri, an ambitious attorney looking to make a name for himself. He takes up Amalia’s cause, fighting the case for years through the Italian courts before winning an unprecedented and stunning victory for his by now broken client. The unforgettable story of a landmark struggle for basic human rights, Amalia’s Tale is the moving drama of a rural woman whose life was ruined and the man from the city who would not stop -- or so it seemed -- until he had seen justice done.
  

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Review: Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice

User Review  - Janice Griffin - Goodreads

Did not finish. It was about amalia suing the hospital in charge of the fondling home; not interesting Read full review

Review: Amalia's Tale: A Poor Peasant, an Ambitious Attorney, and a Fight for Justice

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

A monograph of a case in Italian history -- a young woman whose impoverished family asks her to make some extra money by becoming a wet nurse to foundlings in Bologna is infected with syphilis as a ... Read full review

Contents

2 The Fateful Day
11
3 The First Signs
19
4 Suing the Count
31
5 The Mercury Treatment
42
6 The Trial Begins
48
7 Disputing the Doctor
55
8 The Parade of the Syphilitic Peasants
66
9 The Psychiatrists Attack
74
17 Mixed News from the Supreme Court
138
18 A Split Decision
151
19 A Staggering Sum
157
20 Amalias Lawyer Submits His Bill
164
21 Lives Lost and Lives Saved
173
Amalia Looks Back
182
Recovering Buried History
190
Acknowledgments
199

10 The Miserly Syphilologist
81
11 A New Champion
89
12 Conflicting Opinions
98
13 The Tribunal Decides
106
14 Amalias Appeal
116
15 The Loan
125
16 The Counteroffensive
132
Notes
201
Sources
204
Index
228
Back Flap
239
Back Cover
240
Spine
241
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

David I. Kertzer is the author of, among other books, Prisoner of the Vatican, The Popes Against the Jews, and The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, winner of the National Jewish Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. He is provost of Brown University and professor of anthropology and Italian studies.

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