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The Trials of Allegiance


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Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Treason in Colonial Pennsylvania The Adoption of English Treason Law Pennsylvania's Earliest Treason Cases The Outbreak of War The Disputes with Virginia and Connecticut 2. Resistance and Treason, 1765-1775 Justifying Resistance A Jury of One's Peers Identifying the Real Traitors 3. Treason Against America, 1775-1776 The War's First Treason Charges The Second Round of Treason Charges County Committees of Safety Denunciation of Enemies The British Legal Response to the Rebels Independence 4. From Independence to Invasion, 1776-1778 The Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention and the Treason Ordinance The Council of Safety and the County Committees Enactment of a Treason Statute The Case of James Molesworth and the Scope of Military Jurisdiction The Test Act Re-Opening the Courts The Exiles to Virginia The Fall of Philadelphia and Military Trials 5. The Winding Path to the Courthouse, 1778 Prosecutions in the County Courts The Attainder Statute and Property Forfeitures Chief Justice Thomas McKean and the Re-Opening of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court The Special Commission for Bedford County The Return to Philadelphia Hiring Prosecutors and Court Employees The Chester County Treason Trials 6. The Philadelphia Treason Trials, 1778-1779: Forming the Jury The Grand Jurors Trial Juror Selection: The Panel and Challenges Trial Juror Demographics Trial Juror Political Activity 7. The Philadelphia Treason Trials, 1778-1779: Trial and Deliberation Defendant Demographics and Political Activity Defense Counsel Charges and Defenses Trial Witnesses Evidentiary Objections Jury Deliberations The Death Penalty 8. Resentment and Betrayal, 1779-1781 The Newspaper Debates over the Franks Trial The Trial of Samuel Rowland Fisher Fort Wilson Modifications to Pennsylvania's Treason Law The Battle Over Detentions Misprision of Treason Cases before the Justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Benedict Arnold The Aftermath: The Executions of David Dawson and Ralph Morden The Berks County Tax Revolt The Trials of Justin McCarty and Samuel Chapman 9. Peace, the Constitution, and Rebellion, 1781-1800 Treason Prosecutions after Yorktown Treason Cases: Summary Data The Escaping Prisoners Cases The Returning Loyalists The Continuing Threat of Internal Dismemberment Treason and the United States Constitution The Status of State Treason Law The Whiskey Rebellion Fries's Rebellion Conclusion Appendices Notes Index

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Carlton F.W. Larson is Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law.

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