The Great Trials Of The Twenties by Robert Grant
The Watershed Decade In America's Courtrooms

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1920s America was at peace at home and abroad but issues facing the nation were highlighted by a series of trials including baseball's Black Sox, Al Capone, John T. Scopes, Sacco and Vanzetti, Leopold and Loeb, and the court martial of Billy Mitchell. Americans will find this book on trials of the “Roaring Twenties” provocative. Great Trials begins with an extensive introduction describing “the setting” of that tumultuous decade, and follows with an in-depth examination of 10 trials, touching on nearly every facet of American life. Each case is a fascinating story, and the fierce jousts in these courtrooms impart to the reader both how different things once were, and how much the nature of argumentative individuals has remained exactly the same.
 

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Robert T. Grant, MD, MSc, FACS Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) Weill Medical College of Cornell University New York, NYConstance M. Chen, MD, MPH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Lenox Hill Hospital New York Eye & Ear Infirmary New York, NY The late Joseph Katz was senior fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program, and director, New Jersey Master Faculty Program.
 
Published December 22, 1998 by Da Capo Press. 308 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Historians Grant (Framingham Coll.) and Katz (Long Island Univ.) Offer objective but dramatically narrated accounts of ten major trials that reflected the fierce crosswinds of change in the US in the tumultuous “20s.

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Although this collection of essays offers no surprises (the authors concede, for example, that key elements of the Sacco and Vanzetti and ""Black Sox"" cases remain mysterious), it gives a general impression of the period and foreshadows infamous trials to come.

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