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The trials of allegiance : treason, juries, and the American revolution

Author: Carlton F W Larson
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019.
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Although we tend to think of the American Revolution as an act of treason against Great Britain (which it was), revolutionary Americans regularly employed the law of treason against those people perceived as aiding the British. But, in revolutionary Pennsylvania, juries did something astonishing; they regularly acquitted people accused of treason. The Trials of Allegiance explains why: the juries were carefully  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2018027153
(OCoLC)1042080256
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carlton F W Larson
ISBN: 9780190932770 0190932775 9780190932763 0190932767
OCLC Number: 1104073687
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
Treason in colonial Pennsylvania --
Resistance and treason, 1765-1775 --
Treason against America, 1775-1776 --
From independence to invasion, 1776-1778 --
The winding path to the courthouse, 1778 --
The Philadelphia treason trials, 1778-1779 : forming the jury --
The Philadelphia treason trials, 1778-1779 : trial and deliberation --
Resentment and betrayal, 1779-1781 --
Peace, the constitution, and rebellion, 1781-1800 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: by Carlton F.W. Larson.

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Although we tend to think of the American Revolution as an act of treason against Great Britain (which it was), revolutionary Americans regularly employed the law of treason against those people perceived as aiding the British. But, in revolutionary Pennsylvania, juries did something astonishing; they regularly acquitted people accused of treason. The Trials of Allegiance explains why: the juries were carefully selected in ways that benefited the defendants, and jurors did not believe that the death penalty was the appropriate punishment for treason. The American Revolution, unlike many others.

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