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Learning Exercise

Material: Exploring Constitutional Law
Submitted by: William Paquette on Aug 03, 2009
Date Last Modified: Aug 03, 2009
Title: The Burr Conspiracy Trial
Description: Vice-President Aaron Burr is one of United States History's most controversial figures. The Burr Conspiracy Trial documents answer the question of whether or not Burr was quilty of high treason.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours.
Topics: Aaron Burr; Thomas Jefferson; Western Conspiracy.
Course: United States History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To determine whether or not former Vice-President Aaron Burr was guilty of high treason.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "Burr Conspiracy Trial." READ "The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following the questions: 1. Who were the key figures in the Trial?, 2. Why is the alledged Burr Conspiracy important?, 3. What are the contents of the Jefferson Documents and how do they impact the trial?, 4. What was Burr charged with?, 5. What did Burr say at his hearing?, 6. What does the trial testimony say about Burr's guilt?, 7. What are the main trial arguments for and against Burr?, 8. What did Chief Justice John Marshall write in his opinion?, 9. Was Burr guilty of high treason? Explain why or why not?, 10. Did Burr get a fair trial? Explain.
Assessment: Paper.
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