A Court That Shaped America: Chicago's Federal District Court from Abe Lincoln to Abbie Hoffman

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Northwestern University Press, Dec 18, 2002 - History - 271 pages
Big and small dramas play out every day in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Headquartered in Chicago, the court has played a pivotal role in U.S. history. This is where Abraham Lincoln, as a young lawyer, changed the direction of westward expansion when he argued that trains-not steamships-were America's future. This is where Al Capone met his fall, at a trial that finished him as Public Enemy Number One. And this is where Abbie Hoffman, the nation's first Yippie, butted heads with Judge Julius J. Hoffman and the Establishment at the trial known as the Conspiracy Eight.

A Court That Shaped America traces the flesh-and-blood courtroom scenes from the district's first cases in the early nineteenth century through the turn of the millennium. Historical figures--including Mormon leader Joseph Smith, inventor Thomas Edison, and author Mark Twain--as well as contemporary superstars like Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey have all had their day in the Northern Illinois court. Some were victorious; some came out scathed. This book examines these great trials and the people behind them to offer a unique look at Chicago and U.S. history.

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Cahan (Landmark Neighborhoods in Chicago) tackles the history of the nation's third-largest federal district court in lively style, recounting the Chicago court's many famous trials. The book proceeds ... Read full review

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I saw my Court Room design for Federal Court Room in this book. My name is Munin Choudrey , architect designed this court when I was a design partner in UDG.The building was designed by architect Mies Van der Rohe
How do I get a copy? They wrote about me on page 247 or similar , name is highlighted in yellow.


CHAPTER ONE 17781871 The Freest People in the Universe
CHAPTER TWO 18711922 A Sea of Fire
CHAPTER THREE 19221941 I Would Rather Fight Gangsters with Indictments
CHAPTER FOUR 19411963 Our Titanic Struggle against the Enemy
CHAPTER FIVE 19631977 This Is No Longer a Court of Order
CHAPTER SIX 19772002 You Cant Touch a Federal Court
Court Chronology
Judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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Richard Cahan is the author of They All Fall Down (Preservation Press, 1995), a biography of architectural preservationist Richard Nickel, and co-author of The Game That Was (NTC/Contemporary Publishing,1997), a look at a historically significant collection of major league baseball photos and Chicago: Rising from the Prairie (Heritage Media Corporation, 2000). He has worked as a writer, editor and photo director in Chicago since 1975.

Judge Marvin Aspen is the Edward Avery Harriman Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law and a former chief judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

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