Final Examination - Famous Trials - Review Sheet
Part I: Identification - you will be given eight of the
words below and asked to identify five of your choice. Most have been defined
in lecture or the readings, but you should also use Doug Linder's web site,
when appropriate, to flesh out your identification.
John L. DeWitt
Executive Order 9066
Ex parte Endo
Rabbit in the Moon
Sweatt v. Painter
Joseph Albert DeLaine
critical race theory
Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire
Colin v. Smith
Part II: Essay - I will select TWO of the following FOUR essays and you will select ONE of these two on which to write.
1. In Skokie in 1977, town officials sought an injunction against the Nazis march and passed three ordinances regulating the right to march in Skokie. Drawing on this case explain what limits, if any, you think should be placed on the 1st Amendment right to free speech. What lessons, that is, does this story about threatening demonstrations teach?
2. Discuss and evaluate the strategy the NAACP pursued in trying to overturn
Plessy v. Ferguson and that culminated
in Brown v. Board of Education.
3. Compare the involvement of William Calley, Ernest Medina, Varnardo Simpson (or any other enlisted man present at My Lai -- your choice), and Lt. Col. Frank Baker in the My Lai incident. What role did each play? What explanation or motivation for their behavior might one give? Did they commit crimes and if so, what penalty would have been appropriate?
4.The Bill of Rights has not afforded the same protection in times of war and hysteria
as in peace. Using the World War II Japanese internment cases discuss how politicians, the public,
and the courts weighed majoritarian concerns and individual freedoms on the scale of