How can we, as lawyers, determine the effectiveness of a revolution?
In this project, students put historical revolutions on “trial” to determine their effectiveness in improving the conditions of the people. After engaging in a simulation of a dramatically inequitable society, students reflect on the reasons why revolutions begin. Teams research revolutions from key moments throughout history (e.g., the Russian, Haitian, Cuban, or French revolutions) to understand the conditions and impacts of each revolution. Students are then assigned to take sides and roles↣—attorneys or witnesses for the prosecution or defense—in a mock trial for their focus revolution. Teams must work together to gather evidence and build cases to show the ways in which their assigned revolution did or did not help improve conditions for the citizens of the country they are studying.
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