Enemies of the State Exhibit

Compelling Question: When should individuals be punished for taking a perspective different than the majority?

Setting the Stage: Read excerpts from the Forfeiture Act and complete the Document Analysis Graphic Organizer. As a class, discuss the purpose of this act and what it would mean for individuals living in New York State in 1779.

Learning Activity: Analyze each of the cases below. Write a detailed timeline for each case, highlighting the evidence against each defendant. 

Assessment: Either participate in a Socratic Seminar or write an argumentative essay discussing the compelling question and whether the individuals in these cases should have been punished for their views and activities.



The Case of Nicholas Dean

The People vs Nicholas Dean

The Case of Piercival Carr

The People vs Piercival Carr

The Case of the Devoues

The People vs the Devoues

The Case of  Service and McDougall

The People vs Service and McDougall