Learning Exercise

The O.K. Corral Trial

The shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona is legendary. This trial attempts to set the record straight based on primary sources.
Course: U.S. History

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Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL down to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." READ "The Earp-Holliday Trial" by Douglas Linder. Answer the following questions: 1. Who was Wyatt Earp?, 2. Who was Doc Holliday?, 3. Who were Billy Clanton, Tim and Frank McLaury, and Johnny Behan?, 4. What Tombstone laws were broken?, 5. What happened at the O.K. Corral?, 6. Why was a trail held after the shootout?, 7. Summarize the testimony for the slain men, 8. Summarize the testimony for the Earps, 9, What was the Judge's decision in the trial?, 10. Were the Earp Brothers justified in doing what happened at the O, K. Corral?, 11. Compare and contrast the Earp and Clanton versions of the events?, 12. Did the slain men get a fair trial?

Technical Notes





The Old West; Arizona; Wyatt Earp.

Learning Objectives

To examine one of the significant events in the settlement of the West between law enforcement agencies and reputed outlaws.