Verdicts of History - Thomas Fleming

Verdicts of History

By Thomas Fleming

  • Release Date: 2016-08-29
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings


In Verdicts of History, New York Times bestselling historian Thomas Fleming highlights six courtroom dramas that changed the future of America. From unexpected verdicts, like the acquittal won by John Adams when he defended British soldiers charged with the Boston Massacre in 1770 to stirred passions when abolitionist John Brown was convicted of murder - a precedent to the Civil War - to the breakthrough in racial relations when Clarence Darrow won a stunning "not guilty" verdict for black physician Ossian Sweet - at a time when black Americans could hardly expect a fair trial. Fleming also includes the trials of Aaron Burr for treason and a well-known congressman for murder. In courtrooms throughout the nation's history, vivid emotion and heated rhetoric have established consequential precedents and enlarged average men and women to historical dimensions.

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  • Verdicts of History

    By Steff612
    “Verdicts of History is the most interesting, educational books I’ve read in a long time. I particularly like the Sweets story, although in my opinion, it was the most disgusting, darkest time in our history. We Americans like to think of our country as the best, that we’ve got it all together. I say, we’ve had some shameful times! The Sweets family was hard working and educated. Think of the sacrifices and hard work that go together to obtain an education to become a doctor! And their sin was to buy a house of their choice and try to protect it and their family! I am glad this book was written so that we can realize the mistakes that have been made in forming our country. Now go out and learn from them!
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