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Famous Trials in History
  • Format
  • Authored by: Elisabeth A. Cawthon
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816081670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8167-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 345
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 480


From the ancient world to modern times, the courtroom has been a stage for riveting, historic, and sensational drama. Often seen as a microcosm of the concerns of the community at the time, trials offer a fascinating look into how justice has been administered throughout history.

Famous Trials in History collects 100 significant legal trials from all time periods and places, ranging from Socrates in classical Greece and Joan of Arc in medieval France to Saddam Hussein in modern Iraq. Each trial entry includes the key issues, history of the case, summary of arguments, the verdict, the significance of the case, and readings for further study. This comprehensive new resource on a high-interest topic will be an invaluable addition to high schools and colleges.

Coverage includes:

  • Amistad mutineers
  • Lizzie Borden
  • John Brown
  • Adolf Eichmann
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Joan of Arc
  • Martin Luther
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Scottsboro Boys
  • Socrates
  • William Wallace
  • Oscar Wilde
  • and more.


Index. Appendix. Bibliography.

About the Author(s)

Elisabeth A. Cawthon received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and currently teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the author of the book Medicine on Trial and has written many articles dealing with legal history.

Reviews and Awards

"...readers who consult this volume-or choose to read it from cover to cover-will learn much of interest, and will be favored with a pleasurable reading experience."

American Reference Books Annual

"...compelling...[a] well-organized, clearly written title..."

School Library Journal

"...a useful introduction for students and the general public...a good addition to circulating collections due to its accessible style. Highly recommended."


"...a usable and solid reference source. Recommended for most libraries—public libraries in particular may find it a useful addition to a circulating collection as well."


"...a useful starting point for research..."

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