Whom Can We Trust Now?

Whom Can We Trust Now? : The Meaning of Treason in the United States, from the Revolution Through the Civil War

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The ancient crime of treason posed legal, political, and intellectual problems for the United States from its conception through the Civil War. Using an interdisciplinary approach, historian and lawyer Brian F. Carso, Jr., demonstrates that although treason law was conflicted and awkward, the broader idea of treason gave recognizable shape to abstract ideas of loyalty, betrayal, allegiance, and political obligation in a young democratic republic.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 25.4mm | 612.36g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739112562
  • 9780739112564
  • 1,517,013

About Jr Brian F. Carso

Brian F. Carso, Jr., holds graduate degrees from the University of Rochester, SUNY Buffalo School of Law, and Boston University, where he received his PhD in American Studies. A practicing attorney, he has held public office in both county and state government. He is currently an assistant professor of history at College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 "What is a Traitor?" Loyalty, Betrayal and the State 2 "A Republic, if you can Keep It" The Evolution of Treason in America, 1620-1787 3 "Seasons of Insurrection" Early Rebellions and the Trial of Aaron Burr 4 "The Damnation of His Fame" Benedict Arnold and the Cultural Punishment of Betrayal 5 "With Malice Toward None" Treason, Amnesty, and the Language of Betrayal During the Civil Warshow more