American Justice: Seven Famous Trials of the 20th Century
American Justice: Seven Famous Trials of the 20th Century
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Annotation: Explains the situations behind the cases of Leopold and Loeb, the Lindbergh kidnapper, the Rosenbergs, the Brown school segregation suit, the Manson family, the Pentagon Papers, and O.J. Simpson, and discusses the trials and aftermath.
Genre: Government
Catalog Number: #3545658
Format: Library Binding
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Special Formats: High Low High Low
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2000
Pages: 56 pages
Availability: Out of Stock from Publisher
ISBN: 0-7807-7831-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-7807-7831-3
Dewey: 345.73
LCCN: 2002278508
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
There's enough drama in the seven famous trials described in this entry in the Cover-to-Cover series to ensure that young readers won't want to put this book down. Without sensationalizing, Owens paints a vivid, sometimes horrific picture of the criminal mind at its worst. Beginning with Leopold and Loeb's kidnap and murder of Bobby Franks, the book shares stark details, with bulleted facts that make easy, yet gripping reading. Encapsulated case-file facts, excerpted courtroom testimonies, and plenty of photos and sketches add to the appeal of the book, which in both format and reading level (if, arguably, not content) will speak to middle-school readers as well as to older reluctant readers. Other trials include the Lindbergh baby's kidnapping, the gruesome Tate-LaBianca murders, and Brown v. Board of Education. Boldface vocabulary terms appear throughout the text and are cross-referenced in the glossary.
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Word Count: 8,151
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 43063 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 590L

The most-watched American trials of the 20th century were centered around these issues. They became famous because people found them so interesting. The issues addressed their deepest beliefs. And they touched on their deepest fears. Each of these cases left its mark on the 20th century. Book jacket.

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