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Published in 1850, this was Cooper's final novel—and America's first courtroom drama. When innocent Mary Monson is accused of murder, she refuses to clear her name, insisting on a jury trial. Cooper, who opposed the trial-by-jury system, mounts his soapbox to rail against the system's susceptibility to corruption, among other flaws.

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James Fenimore Cooper (Author)

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) is best known for his masterpiece The Last of the Mohicans. A prolific and popular American writer, Cooper wrote fiction, non-fiction, and even tried his hand at the supernatural. He wrote many stories about the s...

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