Alfred Sinker and the Writ of Habeas Corpus in 1861

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Scholars learn how the judicial system treated under-age Civil War soldiers using historical analysis. The resource uses court documents to help historians understand why Habeas Corpus was used in the case of Alfred Sinker and why he was allowed to return to his family. Academics also complete questions and participate in group discussion to understand the process of Habeas Corpus. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Guide a group discussion on the history of Habeas Corpus
  • Compare and contrast other cases involving Habeas Corpus 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Internet access to complete the activity 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Activity can be incorporated into multiple social studies subjects, such as the court system or the Civil War
  • The resource is easily adaptable for remote learning 
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