Lizzie Borden, famously indicted for the murder of her parents, grew up in the rapidly industrializing city of Fall River, Massachusetts, as the daughter of a prominent local family. After leaving high school, she became active in her church and in local women’s clubs, like many respectable young ladies. Perhaps she knew Jennie Nuttall, who owned this autograph book, from one of these contexts. When Borden was accused of killing her parents with an ax, churchwomen, temperance activists, and suffragists came to her defense, finding it impossible to imagine that a Christian lady could have done such a thing. Borden was acquitted.
Nutall, Jennie, Jennie Nuttall autograph album, Fall River, Massachusetts: 1884-1895, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed March 20, 2023, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4199