The Foundation of Liberty: Trial by Jury, the American Revolution and the Bill of Rights

October 13, 2020 Meeting Luncheon – 12:00 – 1:15 pm

The Retreat, 1 Creative Place, Charleston, WV 25311

Presenter: Beth A. White, CAE, APR

Did you know that it was a trial that sparked the American Revolution (and, no, it wasn’t the Boston Massacre trial)?  Most Americans recall learning about “no taxation without representation” and the demand for representative government in their history classes.

Few know about the critical role that the right to trial by jury played in igniting the American Revolution, ensuring a free market for colonial businesses, and creating the Bill of Rights.  It is a right tied to the very creation of America, but its history is unknown despite this role.  Join us to learn more.

About Our Speaker:

Beth White began working with the West Virginia Association for Justice in 2003 as a political and media consultant; she was named executive director in 2005.  She is a published historian and lecturer, focusing on U. S. history from the colonial period through the Civil War era and U. S. political history.  For more than a decade, she has researched the history of trial by jury and has presented lectures on the subject to state and national audiences.  She earned her M. S. from the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, with additional coursework in political communication at the university’s Maxwell School.  Her undergraduate degree is from West Virginia State University.

Attendance Options:

For those who prefer not to meet in person, there will be a Zoom option available at the $25 gathering fee.

Safety Considerations:

  • We will seat people sufficiently apart.
  • We request that our members wear masks when moving to and from tables, going to restrooms, chatting before and after lunch, during Beth’s presentation, etc., — basically at all times except when eating/drinking.
  • The wait staff will be gloved and masked.
  • The wait staff will safely pour all beverages and refills; salads and desserts will be pre-set and lunch will be plated and served.

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Reservations are due by Friday, October 13, 2020, and can be made by using the form below.