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The Trial in American Life

Robert A. Ferguson


In a detailed analysis that ranges from Aaron Burr to O. J. Simpson, this book traces the legal meaning and cultural implications of prominent American trials across the history of the nation. This investigation examines courtroom transcripts, newspaper accounts, and the work of such imaginative writers as Emerson, Thoreau, William Dean Howells, and E. L. Doctorow. The book shows how courtrooms are forced to cope with unresolved communal anxieties and how they sometimes make legal decisions that change the way Americans think about themselves. Burning questions control the narrative. How do su ... More

Keywords: American trials, courtroom transcripts, newspapers, legal decisions, communal support, press coverage, television coverage, Supreme Court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226243252
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Ferguson, author