US Citizens Ostracised Option

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by DMA, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. DMA I am not the Final Cylon!

    Feb 22, 2004
    What if the US Founding Fathers, taking an idea from the ancient Athenians, included in the Constitution the practice of Ostracising a Citizen, as a form of punishment, instead of a jail term or even execution. This would apply to everyone including members of Congress as well as any President.

    So when could/would this be used & against whom?

  2. strangeland Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Has anyone ever read the novella Man Without a Country? It's pretty much what you describe. In it, a young army officer conspires with Aaron Burr in his conspiracy and says at his trial that he despises the United States of America and never wishes to see it again. An old officer on the jury, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, decides to grant his wish, and he is sentenced to never see nor hear of the United States again. His punishment is carried out and he is held captive on US Navy ships for the next 60 years.
  3. nemo1986 Member of Red Sox Nation

    Sep 4, 2006
    go to project gutenburg you can get it free there. I am reading it now.