Join us for an evening exploring White Sox history. This theatrical presentation will be followed by a panel of legal experts to explore the history of the World Series scandal of 1919. Recent research shows that the true story is more complex than the myths that have grown up around the “Black Sox.” See Society for American Baseball Research.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Link to the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts (AOIC) news release: Black Sox Article
History on Trial is a series of presentations highlighting important but relatively unknown lawsuits in Illinois and American history. The purpose is to demonstrate that the law is a living, breathing element of society, and these cases continue to have relevance today.
The Retrial Collection
The Retrial of Mary Surratt (2011)
Mary Elizabeth Jenkins was born in 1823 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. At an early age, she converted from the Episcopal faith to Roman Catholicism.
The Insanity Retrial of Mary Todd Lincoln (2012)
In 1875, Robert Lincoln, the only living son of martyred President Abraham Lincoln, petitioned to have his mother Mary Lincoln institutionalized for insanity.
Habeas Corpus Hearings of Joseph Smith (2013)
In the early 1840s, Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet, had been accused of treason and of an assassination attempt against a former Missouri Governor.
The Alton School Cases (2015)
In 1897, Scott Bibb, an African American fireman at the Alton Glass Works Factory, petitioned for a writ of mandamus to allow his children to attend a school close to his home rather than a segregated school m ore than a mile away.