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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 Haymarket Trial
Description: The events at Haymarket are a major event in the movement for Unionization. This site examines the positions for both sides in this deadly confrontation.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours
Topics: Haymarket; Chicago; Unions.
Course: U.S. History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To examine the positions of a company owner and union supporters in a major labor conflct in the 19th century.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." READ "Trial Commentary" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following questions: 1. Were Unions legal in the 19th century? Why or why not?, 2. Who were the Haymarket 8 and what was each one accused of?, 3. Describe the events at Haymarket, 4. What were the major issues coming out of this conflict?, 5. What were the positions taken against the Haymarket 8 at the trial?, 6. What were the positions taken for the Haymarket 8 at the trial?, 7. What ws the verdict?, 8. Why was the verdict appealed and what was the appeals verdict?, 9. What were the verdicts for each of the Haymarket 8?, 10. Was the trial fair?, 11. Who were given pardons and why?, 12. Could the Haymarket Affair been avoided? Explain.
Assessment: Paper.
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