Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 September 2019

424 Pages | 12

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190932749

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The Trials of Allegiance

Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution

Carlton F.W. Larson

  • Analyzes the American Revolution from the perspective of the law of treason for the first time
  • Provides the most detailed analysis yet written of a group of eighteenth-century American jurors
  • Explains why revolutionary Americans were reluctant to impose the death penalty even on people who had aided the British during a convulsive, violent civil war
  • Connects treason to multiple issues, including the power to detain, the authority of military commissions, and the composition of juries and grand juries