An updated and expanded revision of a popular book published in
1981, American Political Trials examines the role of politicized
criminal trials and impeachments in U.S. history from the early
colonial era to the late twentieth century. Each chapter focuses on
a trial representative of a particular era in the American past.
The emphasis is on cases that resulted from political persecution,
but the book also shows how defendants have exploited the judicial
process to advance their political objectives. All of the chapters
appearing in the earlier book have been updated. In addition, the
volume includes new chapters on the 1637 trial of Anne Hutchinson
and the 1989 trial of Lt. Col. Oliver North for his role in the
Iran-Contra scandal. The book also includes an updated
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