The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution (Hardback)Carlton F.W. Larson (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 708 g
Dimensions: 242 x 165 x 34 mm
Larson's account of how the law of treason functioned during the Founding period will be an indispensable guide for anyone studying treason, allegiance, the jury, and the larger political context of this critical period in history.As Larson details in a series of fascinating stories, the complex struggles that informed how the Founding generation thought about such things before and after the American Revolution have important lessons for ongoing debates over these same matters. * Amanda L. Tyler, Professor of Law, University of California at the Berkeley School of Law *
The American Revolution and the formation of the early republic are well-studied, but Larson reveals something new: the central importance of treason law and prosecutions.In the Revolution, nearly every American-whether revolutionary, loyalist, or neutral - could be considered a traitor.Ideas about treason and treason prosecutions were and are fundamental to questions of sovereignty, allegiance, and national identity; Larson observes that the Declaration of Independence itself could be viewed as a clarification of what treason was and was not. Besides this new way of viewing the break with Britain, Larson's research gives us an unprecedented account of a crucial American institution in the eighteenth century: the jury. * Renee Lettow Lerner, Donald Phillip Rothschild Research Professor, George Washington University Law School *
In this marvelous study, Carlton Larson shows how traitors reflected on the meaning of treason and, in the process, forged a new national identity. * Gerard Magliocca, Samuel R. Rosen Professor, the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law *
His book is much like a legal brief, with extensive footnotes (just under one hundred pages) and some charts focused on various cases in the colony of Pennsylvania before, during and just after the war. That it is well researched is obvious, and considering its content the book is quite well written and easy to read. * Ken Daigler, Journal of the American Revolution *
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