Rape on the Washington Southern: The Tragic Case of Hines v. Garrett

58 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009 Last revised: 19 Aug 2010

Michael I. Krauss

George Mason University School of Law

Date Written: December 4, 2009

Abstract

The judicial treatment of the tragic multiple rape of Julia Garrett, in wartime Virginia, offers interesting insights into a fascinating period in the jurisprudence of the Near-South. The economic emancipation of women and of blacks, the rapid urbanization of a heretofore rural area and the behavior of a government regulator were all backdrops for a battle royale over the meaning of "proximate cause."

Keywords: Alexandria, assumption of risk, Cameron Crossing, Confederacy, District of Columbia, duty of care, evidence, Fairfax, Franconia Station, Interstate Commerce Act, legal history, negligence, Potomac Yard, Richmond, Seminary Station, Sherman Act, Virginia Supreme Court, Walker D. Hines, Woodrow Wilson

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Krauss, Michael I., Rape on the Washington Southern: The Tragic Case of Hines v. Garrett (December 4, 2009). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-63. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1518630 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1518630

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