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The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr. Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of the New Nation.

Newmyer, R Kent

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 1107606616 / ISBN 13: 9781107606616
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Titel: The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr. Law, ...

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

Einband: Soft cover

Zustand: As New


xiv 226p paperback, illustrated cover, pages show several portraits in text, a fresh and firm copy, like new, this title was published in the series Cambridge Studies on the American Constitution. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 178715

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Inhaltsangabe: The Burr treason trial, one of the greatest criminal trials in American history, was significant for several reasons. The legal proceedings lasted seven months and featured some of the nation's best lawyers. It also pitted President Thomas Jefferson (who declared Burr guilty without the benefit of a trial and who masterminded the prosecution), Chief Justice John Marshall (who sat as a trial judge in the federal circuit court in Richmond) and former Vice President Aaron Burr (who was accused of planning to separate the western states from the Union) against each other. At issue, in addition to the life of Aaron Burr, were the rights of criminal defendants, the constitutional definition of treason and the meaning of separation of powers in the Constitution. Capturing the sheer drama of the long trial, Kent Newmyer's book sheds new light on the chaotic process by which lawyers, judges and politicians fashioned law for the new nation.

Rezension: 'The noted constitutional scholar R. Kent Newmyer's latest book illumines the ways 'law and politics were inseparably connected' in the 1807 treason trial of former vice president Aaron Burr, who was accused of attempting to take portions of the United States for his own ? Throughout the book Newmyer writes with authority, both relying on the words of the participants and drawing on his obvious mastery of the secondary literature on these three larger than life personalities.' Ronald L. Hatzenbuehler, Journal of American History

'? a fine addition to the Burr trial bookshelf.' Peter Charles Hoffer, The Journal of Southern History

'? a skilled and detailed recounting of Burr's trial, [this book] reveals a host of legal and political implications bound up in the trial and its outcome, and it is an entertainingly good read as well.' Joanne B. Freeman, Law and History Review

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