We Is Got Him by Carrie Hagen
The Kidnapping that Changed America

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In 1874, a little boy named Charley Ross was snatched from his family's front yard in Philadelphia. A ransom note arrived three days later, demanding $20,000 for Charley’s return. The city was about to host the United States Centennial celebration, and the mass panic surrounding the Charley Ross case plunged the nation into hysteria.

The desperate search led the police to inspect every building in Philadelphia, set up saloon surveillance in New York’s notorious slums, and begin a national manhunt. With white-knuckle suspense and historical detail, Hagen vividly captures the dark side of an earlier America. Her brilliant portrayal of its criminals, detectives, politicians, spiritualists, and ordinary families will stay with the reader long after the final page.

About Carrie Hagen

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CARRIE HAGEN recently earned an MFA in Writing Nonfiction from Goucher College. Excerpts of We Is Got Him were selected by the MFA faculty to represent the program at the AWP Intro Awards in 2009, and the first section of the manuscript won the Goucher MFA award this past summer for Excellence in Literary Journalism. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Published August 18, 2011 by Overlook Books. 333 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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In her first book, Philadelphia resident Hagen uses the backdrop of her city to re-create the uproar when at least two kidnappers snatched 4-year-old Charley Ross from his yard on July 1, 1874.

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Hagen's first book re-enacts with literary confidence and fine detail America's first documented kidnapping, in 1874 Philadelphia, of a four-year-old boy, Charley Ross, .

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While both halves of Hagen's story aren't equally compelling, her descriptions of the slums of 1874 are stunning and the kidnapper's demands carry real drama.

Aug 05 2011 | Read Full Review of We Is Got Him: The Kidnapping...

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