In Terror to the Wicked: America’s First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation Tobey Pearl pieces together a fascinating narrative through original research and first-rate detective work, and re-creates in detail this startling, pivotal moment in pre-revolutionary America, as she examines the evolution of our nascent civil liberties and the role of the jury as a safeguard against injustice. This was an explosive trial whose outcome changed the course of history, ended a two-year war, and brought about a peace that allowed the colonies to become a full-blown nation. Tobey Pearl will speak about her book at the Spring Author Talks series via Zoom. Register Here.
In Providence, Plymouth Colony in 1638 a young Nipmuc tribesman, returning home from trading beaver pelts, is fatally stabbed in a robbery near Plymouth Colony by a white runaway servant and fellow rogues. Fighting for his life, the tribesman is able with his final breaths to reveal the details of the attack to Providence’s governor, Roger Williams. A frantic manhunt by the fledgling government ensues, followed by the convening of the colony’s first murder trial, with Plymouth Colony’s governor Thomas Prence presiding as judge. The jury is made up of local settlers whose allegiance seems more likely to be with the accused than with the murdered Nipmuc tribesman.
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