American Political Trials

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1994 - History - 323 pages
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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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Contents

To Bee Rooted Out of Her Station The Ordeal of Anne Hutchinson
1
Politics the Press and the Law The Trial of John Peter Zenger
25
Political ChoicePolitical Justice The Case of the Pennsylvania Loyalists
45
The Impeachment of Samuel Chase
57
The Treason Trial of Castner Hanway
77
The Indianapolis Treason Trials and Ex Parte Milligan
97
The Pullman Strike Cases Debs Darrow and the Labor Injunction
119
Political Justice during the Red Scare The Trial of Benjamin Gitlow
139
United States v McWilliams The Roosevelt Administration and the Far Right
179
Cold War in the Courtroom The Foley Square Communist Trial
207
The Chicago Conspiracy Case
233
The IranContra Affair and the Trial of Oliver North
255
Bibliographical Essay
283
Index
303
Contributors
321
Copyright

The Angelo Herndon Case and Southern Justice
159

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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. The author of "Cold War Political Justice and Federal Law and Southern Order," his most recent book is "To Improve the Administration of Justice: A History of the American Judicature Society.

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