The Chicago Conspiracy Trial: Revised Edition

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In 1969, the Chicago Seven were charged with intent to "incite, organize, promote, and encourage" antiwar riots during the Democratic National Convention. The Chicago Conspiracy Trial is an electrifying account of the months-long trial that commanded the attention of a divided nation. John Schultz, on assignment for The Evergreen Review, witnessed the whole trial, from the jury selection to the aftermath of the verdict. In his vivid account, Schultz exposes the raw emotions and judicial corruption that came to ...

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Overview

In 1969, the Chicago Seven were charged with intent to "incite, organize, promote, and encourage" antiwar riots during the Democratic National Convention. The Chicago Conspiracy Trial is an electrifying account of the months-long trial that commanded the attention of a divided nation. John Schultz, on assignment for The Evergreen Review, witnessed the whole trial, from the jury selection to the aftermath of the verdict. In his vivid account, Schultz exposes the raw emotions and judicial corruption that came to define one of the most significant legal events in American history.

"This work, aside from being a profound study of fear, is investigative journalism in its highest sense."—Studs Terkel

"[Schultz] puts words together with a clarity of sense and syntax that is almost physically engaging. . . . A probe into the American conscience."—David Graber, Los Angeles Times

"A masterful recapitulation of these anomalous events. . . . All politically literate Americans should read [it]."—Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
If Schultz has offered us a drama that is a metaphor for this society itself, then his intensive concern with the jurors and their own special agony is its climax. His probe into their consciences—the play within the play—is a probe into the American conscience.

— David Graber

Studs Terkel

"This work, aside from being a profound study of fear, is investigative journalism in its highest sense."

William Burroughs

"A beautiful, compelling, tear-jerking, mind-boggling book."

Los Angeles Times - David Graber

"If Schultz has offered us a drama that is a metaphor for this society itself, then his intensive concern with the jurors and their own special agony is its climax. His probe into their consciences--the play within the play--is a probe into the American conscience."

Timothy Sullivan

"Schultz has written one of the few great trial books of our time. Taking the reader inside a uniquely American political show-trial, he demonstrates just how fragile our courts are, and how the massive poweer of the federal government can easily derail justice. . . . Any reader looking for a quick course in how a criminal trial can go wrong would do well to read 'The Chicago Conspiracy Trial.'"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226741147
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,419,237
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Schultz is professor emeritus of fiction writing and a member of the graduate faculty in fiction writing at Columbia College in Chicago. He is the author of No One Was Killed, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

 

Part One: Motion Will Be Denied

Part Two: Seale

Part Three: A Demonstration Here, A Demonstration There

Part Four: The Struggle for the Laugh in the Courtroom

Part Five: The Struggle for the Spirit of the Courtroom: The Defense's Case

Part Six: The Struggle for the Soul of the Nation

Part Seven: The Jury Hearing

 

Afterword: Constitutional Morality Play

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