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Cynthia Nicoletti

Secession on Trial

The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis

Cambridge University Press 2017

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Cynthia Nicoletti is the author of Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Secession on...

Cynthia Nicoletti is the author of Secession on Trial: The Treason Prosecution of Jefferson Davis, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Secession on Trial examines the post-Civil War United States as its people attempted to navigate a world where one question continued to loom overhead: Was secession constitutional? Nicoletti illustrates how the lead up to the treason trial for former Confederate President Jefferson Davis gripped the nation, as Americans debated law, war, and the Constitution.

Nicoletti is the Class of 1966 Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.


Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.