"Jury for the Emmett Till Trial", 1955.
In 1955 an all-white, all-male Mississippi jury acquitted two white men of murdering Emmett Till, a African American boy of 14 who had been brutally beaten, shot, and dumped in the river. The accused men, protected by double jeopardy, later told a magazine that they had murdered Till.
The Next Electronic Field Trip
is The Rights of Youth
April 19, 2012
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Restoring Civic Purpose in Schools
The future of our republic depends on an informed and engaged citizenry, writes Dr. William E. White in this article in Education Week. White and coauthors Davis, Hartoonian, and Van Scotter, discuss the importance of civic education in our nation's schools and present suggestions for integrating discussion and debate of the nation's history and ideals into existing curricula. They present America is a continual struggle between competing values. By viewing American history and current events from within this framework, students can become informed and civil participants in our democratic republic.
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04/02: Heroes and VilliansBenedict Arnold
04/16: Thomas Jefferson on Religion
04/23: Patrick Henry on Religion
04/30: Meet the Carpenter
The Idea of America
A digital American history program that inspires and prepares high school students for active citizenship, developed by Colonial Williamsburg and distributed by Pearson Education.
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Join us April 14 from 34 p.m. Eastern time online or in the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area for our LIVE event! Enjoy scenes from our Revolutionary City program, live Q&A with our actor-interpreters, and discussion moderated by radio personality Cathy Lewis.
Trial by jury is one of many key concepts of American's freedoms assured by the Bill of the Rights in the United States Constitution. In this lesson, students will explore the importance of fair trials and the difficulties inherent in maintaining impartiality in a trial by jury system. In small groups, students will discuss key concepts of our judicial system. Then they will determine if our system is fair and impartial.
Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality
American history instructional materials, including:
- Virtual Republic and Current Eventswebsite at www.ideaofamerica.org
- Primary Sources CD-ROM
Registration opens April 11!
Quotation of the Month
"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."
—Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Paine, 1789. ME 7:408, Papers 15:269.
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