The Devil on Trial by Philip Margulies
Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists, andTerrorists in America's Courtrooms (Junior Library Guild Selection)

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Featuring five famous trials, this book examines the way our right to a fair trial can be threatened, when people are tempted to abandon their principles in the name of safety. Trials included are the Salem Witch Trials, the Haymarket Affair Trial, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the trial of Alger Hiss, and the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui—the latter not yet covered extensively in any book.

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"This book grew out of a belief that what is most gripping about history is the fact that it is a story of human beings in conflict," say authors Maxine Rosaler and Phillip Marguiles. The coauthors of several books for young adults on subjects ranging from science to history, law, and warfare, Maxine Rosaler and Phillip Marguiles live in New York City.
Published September 8, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Law & Philosophy, Children's Books.

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The overworked premise of this well-researched history of important American court cases is that “the devil”—absolute evil as judged by contemporary society—periodically goes on trial and that “When the defendant is the devil, only one verdict is acceptable.” Long chapters provide detailed descri...

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Margulies and Rosaler examine trials in American history in which absolute evil is placed on trial, where a person’s right to a fair trial becomes a challenge because of their perceived threat to the country.

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