Historical Notes on the Trial's Importance

in The Death of the American Trial

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226081267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226081281 | DOI:
Historical Notes on the Trial's Importance

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This chapter, which provides some historical and institutional context about the importance of the trial in the United States, shows that the trial has been an important feature of America's legal order and explains that the frequency and form of the trial have often been at the heart of historical focus and controversy for good reason. It argues that it is important to identify what the death of the trial would mean for us and that we should not let the trial “go gentle into that good night.”

Keywords: trial; United States; historical focus; legal order; historical context; institutional context

Chapter.  12409 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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