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The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution

Carlton F.W. Larson


The Trials of Allegiance examines the law of treason during the American Revolution—a convulsive, violent civil war in which nearly everyone could be considered a traitor, either to Great Britain or to America. Drawing from extensive archival research in Pennsylvania—one of the main centers of the revolution—Carlton Larson provides the most comprehensive analysis yet of the treason prosecutions brought by Americans against British adherents—through committees of safety, military tribunals, and ordinary criminal trials. Although popular rhetoric against traitors was pervasive in Pennsylvania, j ... More

Keywords: treason, juries, American Revolution, James Wilson, Thomas McKean, Pennsylvania, committees of safety, death penalty, peremptory challenges

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190932749
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190932749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlton F.W. Larson, author
Professor of Law, University of California-Davis