Category Archives: crime

For a minute or two a primary source made Bobby Franks come alive

Yesterday, a parent came in to class to share some primary sources he had acquired. Since we are in the middle of our research project this seemed an awesome “show and tell,” especially because the items he was going to … Continue reading

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Uncoverings: measurements of character

A large part of every winter holiday is spent cleaning and organizing the house. But this year the cleaning and organizing are deeper and more thorough. We have emptied an entire file cabinet that used to sit in our bedroom. … Continue reading

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“…pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men.”

Clarence Darrow died today in 1938. For the last 50 years, civil rights activists, lawyers, and labor leaders have gathered on this date to toss a wreath into the Jackson Park Lagoon from the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, where his … Continue reading

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Criminal Cards—in the table

Presently, the display in our table (Opening the Books, In the Table/ On the Wall) is part of a collection of criminal cards that I bought at an antique store not far from our house. These were discarded by the … Continue reading

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