Lizzie Borden: The Murders, the Trial, & the Media Frenzy
Lizzie Borden, the famous woman from Fall River, Massachusetts, who went to trial for brutally murdering her father and step-mother, was acquitted, so why does the age-old rhyme vividly describe her wielding an ax, and why do so many of us believe she did it? In this episode, Mary, Kirk, and Haley break down the facts of the murders and explore why a century-old case captures our imagination in such a profound way. Why did the trial create a media frenzy across the country and bring a city to a standstill? How did it reflect important social issues of the time like women’s rights and classism?
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Media and American Democracy
Lessons in Media and American Democracy are each designed for a 45-minute class period in journalism, English, civics, social studies, or government classrooms. They explore such constitutional issues as the First Amendment’s protection of speech and press, prior restraint, and right to know versus national security. Media and American Democracy will help teachers find effective ways to use the First Amendment, press-related debate, and the daily news to capture the imaginations of their students and inspire engagement, citizenship, and the belief that all of us have the responsibility to participate.