Trials of the Centuries
From the 1692 Witch Trials to the present, America has witnessed many high-profile trials in which the ideal of justice has clashed with the realities and imperfections of the legal system. These cases which captured headlines, stirred arguments and often turned into public spectacles are sometimes compared to the Salem Witch Trials - at least by the defense attorneys.
Divide the class into groups. Each group will research one of the controversial trials listed at the bottom of this page. The students' research will focus on identifying similarities and differences between their assigned trials and the Salem Witch Trials. For their research, the students may want to consider the following guidelines: