Retrying John Brown: Was Virginia Justice "Fair"?

  title={Retrying John Brown: Was Virginia Justice "Fair"?},
  author={R. McGlone},
  journal={Reviews in American History},
  pages={292 - 298}
  • R. McGlone
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science
  • Reviews in American History
Brian McGinty’s lucid narrative of the 1859 trial of John Brown in Virginia for crimes he purportedly committed during the Harpers Ferry raid illuminates hitherto neglected issues of law and fairness. Exploiting a wealth of primary sources, including court documents, the Virginia Code, and legal commentaries, McGinty walks the reader through the legal process that led to Brown’s conviction and hanging. Brown’s trial, McGinty shows, was in several respects unprecedented, raising as it did knotty… Expand