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John Wood Sweet’s “The Sewing Girl’s Tale” tells the story of an unusual prosecution in 18th-century New York — and its contemporary relevance.

Sweet is a UNC professor of history. His new book, The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America (Henry Holt & Company) is reviewed in The New York Times.

The Times calls the book “an excellent and absorbing work of social and cultural history.”