Today history is prologue

On this date in 1894 Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason by a French court-martial.

J’accuse. “[A] phrase made famous by Emile Zola in a public letter attacking the irregularities of the Dreyfus trial (published Jan. 13, 1898).”

The accusation was enough.

Although I think it should also be noted that he was Jewish, so not really ‘one of us.’ ┬áThe trial and associated events certainly cast this as a case that the person must be guilty because of ethnicity and religion.

Regardless, when the accusation is enough to “convict” how does that serve justice?


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