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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 the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators
Description: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the trials of the alledged conspirators continues to leave unanswered questions. The Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators attempts to resolve those unanswered questions.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours.
Topics: Abraham Lincoln; John Wilkes Booth; Lincoln Conspirators.
Course: United States History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To discuss who was and was not involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to the material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "The Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators." READ "The Trial of the Lincoln Assassinations Conspirators" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following questions: 1. Who were the ten conspirators?, 2. Why was there a military instead of a civilian trial?, 3. What do the trial excerpts say about the movides of each of the conspirators?, 4. What did John Surratt write in his 1870 account?, 5. Why wasn't John Surratt convicted?, 6. Did each of the conspirators receive a fair trail?, 7. What was the verdict for each conspirator and what was th sentence for each one?, 8. What happened to John Wilkes Booth?, 9. Were all the conspirators found?
Assessment: Paper.
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