Post Road Magazine #13

All the Trees of the Field Shall Clap Their Hands

Eduardo C. Corral

Josefa Segovia was tried, convicted & hanged on July 5, 1851 in
Downieville, California for killing an Anglo miner, a man who the day
before had assaulted her.

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Eduardo C. Corral holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has recently been honored with a "Discovery"/ The Nation Award and a MacDowell Colony residency.

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