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ERIC Number: EJ864069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The Chicago 8 Trial, 40 Years Later: A Case Study in Teaching "U.S. v. Dellinger" (1969)
Barr, Jeanne Polk
Social Education, v73 n5 p203-206 Sep 2009
Growing up in an era when protest at national political conventions is carefully contained in "free-speech zones" (often physically removed from the site of the official conventions), students today may have a difficult time conceptualizing the tumultuous scene that was the 1968 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago. Fueled by the consensus-shattering backdrop of the Vietnam War, the upheaval of a civil rights movement turned violent, the assassinations and abdications of national leaders both beloved and despised, and the cultural chasm opened by a rising generation of questioning youth, the chaos and unrest of that historic confrontation open up a unique opportunity for twenty-first-century youth to review fundamental issues of democracy that continue to shape America's political culture. A perennial issue confronting democracies is: When does free speech become punishable for "intent to incite a riot"? This article offers a blueprint for addressing this issue through a class reenactment of the Chicago 8 Trial that resulted from the turmoil of the 1968 Democratic Convention. By introducing students to legal issues relating to free speech, the re-enactment offers "a riveting exploration of a pivotal historical moment that students and teachers alike will not soon forget." (Contains 10 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Vietnam