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How Can We Undo the Negative Impact of Unfair Accusations?

At the time of the Great Chicago Fire, in 1871, the press widely blamed the blaze on Catherine O’Leary and her cow, Daisy. It seemed not to matter that Mrs. O’Leary denied she had anything to do with the fire’s ignition.

When people "jump to a quick conclusion," they often use speculation instead of facts to accuse someone. That is what happened to Catherine O’Leary who was never able to clear her name. Do you think Mrs. O’Leary was fairly treated? Why, or why not?

What can a person do to clear his or her name, once it has been “dragged through the mud” of public condemnation?


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