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The Death of the American Trial$
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Robert P. Burns

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081267

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081281.001.0001

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Historical Notes on the Trial's Importance

Historical Notes on the Trial's Importance

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(p.40) Chapter Two Historical Notes on the Trial's Importance
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The Death of the American Trial
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226081281.003.0003

This chapter, which provides some historical and institutional context about the importance of the trial in the United States, shows that the trial has been an important feature of America's legal order and explains that the frequency and form of the trial have often been at the heart of historical focus and controversy for good reason. It argues that it is important to identify what the death of the trial would mean for us and that we should not let the trial “go gentle into that good night.”

Keywords:   trial, United States, historical focus, legal order, historical context, institutional context

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