History of the Federal Judiciary

History of the Federal Judiciary

  The Sedition Act Trials
by Bruce A. Ragsdale, Director, Federal Judicial History Office, Federal Judicial Center

Learn about the cases — historical background and documents

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The Sedition Act Trials: A Short Narrative

The Courts and their Jurisdiction

The Judicial Process: A Chronology

Legal Questions Before the Federal Courts

Legal Arguments


Media Coverage and Public Debates

Historical Documents

Bibliography and Resources


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