Carlton F. W. Larson is the author of The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2019). The Trials of Allegiance looks at the law of treason during the American Revolution, showing just how central treason is to understanding the course of the Revolution. Looking at Pennsylvania, Professor Larson provides readers with a comprehensive study of treason prosecutions brought by Americans against non-Patriots or non-Rebels, depending on who you asked of course. Larson uses these trials and their aftermaths to show how treason helped shape America’s national identity during the Revolution.
Carlton F. W. Larson is a Professor of Law at the University of California – Davis School of Law. Larson studies American constitutional law and Anglo-American legal history.
Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.
Derek Litvak is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland—College Park. His dissertation, "The Specter of Black Citizens: Race, Slavery, and Citizenship in the Early United States," examines how citizenship was used to both bolster the institution of slavery and exclude Black Americans from the body politic.