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Learning Exercise

Material: Exploring Constitutional Law
Submitted by: William Paquette on Aug 04, 2009
Date Last Modified: Aug 04, 2009
Title: The Sacco Vanzetti Trial
Description: The Sacco Vanzetti Trial reflected American hysteria during the era of the Red Scare. This site explores whether or not the two men got a fair trial.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours.
Topics: Red Scare; Sacco-Vanzetti, Roaring Twenties.
Course: U.S. History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To determine whether or not two anarchist immigrants could receive a fair trial during the period of the Red Scare in U.S. History.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "Sacco-Vanzetti." READ "Sacco-Vanzetti Case: An Account." Answer the following questions: 1. What was the Red Scare?, 2. Who were Sacco and Vanzetti?, 3. Who were the other principals in the case?, 4. What were the charges against Sacco and Vanzetti?, 5. What evidence was presented against them at trial?, 6. Summarize the position of the prosecution in the case, 7. Summarize the positon of the defense in the case, 8. What was the verdict?, 9. Why was the case appealed and on what basis?, 10. Summarize the content of the prison letters written by Sacco and Vanzetti, 11. What eventually happened to both Sacco and Vanzetti?, 12. Did both men get a fair trial? Explain.
Assessment: Paper.
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