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The Devil on Trial: Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists, and Terrorists in America’s Courtrooms, by Phillip Margulies

4212729The Devil on Trial: Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists, and Terrorists in America’s Courtrooms
Phillip Margulies
2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780618717170
Genre – Nonfiction
Age High School
3.8 Stars

Throughout the history of America, our justice system has faced certain evils that has put its rules to the test. This book examines a few of these situations including “Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists, and Terrorists.” In some of these cases justice has not been preserved in the terms that our system was built on, and in other cases our system went above and beyond to fulfill the duty prescribed.

I thought that this book was quite interesting for the most part. I liked seeing the evolution of how our justice system dealt with inherent evils or what our country seemed to fear at that moment in history. Some sections were incredibly engaging, but I felt like the section on witches and communism could have been a bit better. At times the writing seemed to be a bit stagnant, but overall I thought that information was put forth in an interesting and educational manner.

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