American Political Trials: Revised, Expanded Edition / Edition 2

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An updated and expanded revision of a popular book published in 1981, American Political Trials examines the role of politicized criminal trials and impeachments in U.S. history from the early colonial era to the late 20th century. Each chapter focuses on a trial representative of a particular era in the American past. The emphasis is on cases that resulted from political persecution, but the book also shows how defendants have exploited the judicial process to advance their political objectives. All of the chapters appearing in the earlier book have been updated. In addition, the volume includes new chapters on the 1637 trial of Anne Hutchinson and the 1989 trial of Lt. Col. Oliver North for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. The book also includes an updated bibliographical essay.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944377
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/23/1994
  • Series: Contributions in American History Series
  • Edition description: EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAL R. BELKNAP is Professor of Law at California Western School of Law and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Political Trials in the American Past by Michal R. Belknap

'To Bee Rooted Out of Her Station': The Ordeal of Anne Hutchinson by Sandra F. VanBurkleo

Politics, the Press, and the Law: The Trial of John Peter Zenger by Paul Finkelman

Political Choice-Political Justice: The Case of the Pennsylvania Loyalists by Steven R. Boyd

The Impeachment of Samuel Chase by Richard Ellis

The Treason Trial of Castner Hanway by Paul inkelman

The Indianapolis Treason Trials and Ex Parte Milligan by Frank L. Klement

The Pullman Strike Cases: Debs, Darrow, and the Labor Injunction by Daniel Novak

Political Justice during the Red Scare: The Trial of Benjamin Gitlow by Harold Josephson

The Angelo Herndon Case and Southern Justice by Charles H. Martin

United States v. McWilliams: The Roosevelt Administration and the Far Right by Leo P. Ribuffo

Cold War in the Courtroom: The Foley Square Communist Trial by Michal R. Belknap

The Chicago Conspiracy Case by James W. Ely, Jr.

The Iran-Contra Affair and the Trial of Oliver North by Michael Mayer

Bibliographical Essay


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