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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 Trial of John Brown
Description: John Brown was one of the most controversial figures involved in key events in Kansas and Virginia prior to the Civil War. The Trial and death of John Brown presaged the forthcoming Civil War.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours.
Topics: Slavery; Virginia; John Brown; Harper's Ferry.
Course: United States History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To present the facts surrounding John Brown's arrest, trial, and death from the incident at Harper's Ferry.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "The Trial of John Brown." READ "The Trial of John Brown" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following questions: 1. Who was John Brown?, 2. Why was John Brown in Harper's Ferry?, 3. Who were the "Secret Six?", 4. Summarize the trial report and testimony, 5. What the content of Brown's interview and addres to the Court, 6. Why did Henry David Thoreau plea for Captain John Brown?, 7. What was the content of Brown's Prison letter?, 8. Summarize the Lee and Senate Reports, 9. What was the Court's verdict?, 10. Did Brown receive a fair trial?, 11. What was Brown's fate?, 12. How did this case impact the slavery question and events leading to the Civil War?
Assessment: Paper.
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