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U.S. v. Dellinger: The Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial

Organizers of demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic Convention are charged with inciting riots, and an unorthodox trial reflects the cultural and political divisions of the era of the Vietnam War.

Famous Federal Trials

by Bruce A. Ragsdale, Director, Federal Judicial History Office, Federal Judicial Center

Learn about the case — historical background and documents

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Analyzing Closing Arguments in the Chicago Seven Trial — A Primary Source Activity

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Selecting of the Jury — A Simulation Activity

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The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and U.S. v. Dennis — A Comparative Activity

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Resources for Judges and Educational Outreach

The Chicago Conspiracy Trial — Suggestions for Judges

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