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The Bill of Rights Institute
The Bill of Rights Institute´s mission is to educate high school students and teachers about our country´s Founding principles through programs that teach the words and ideas of the Founders; the liberties and freedoms guaranteed in our Founding documents; and how America´s Founding principles affect and shape a free society.

Government Publications and Maps: League of Nations
Northwestern University Library´s League of Nations Statistics and Disarmament Documents contains the full texts of more than 250 titles of League of Nations documents. The selected documents are focused on three areas: the founding documents of the League; the League´s statistical publications, Armaments Yearbook and Statistical Yearbook; and Category IX Disarmament documents.

League of Nations: Stastical and Disarmament Documents
Northwestern University Library´s digital collection "League of Nations Statistical and Disarmament Documents" contains the full text of 260 League of Nations documents. The documents in this digitized collection focus on three areas: the founding of the League, international statistics published by the League, and the League´s work toward international disarmament.

Libel Law in the United States
In 1637, an English writer named William Prynn made the unfortunate mistake of writing a book that criticized the queen. Brought before a panel of judges, the hapless Prynn was found guilty of libel and ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison. As an added punishment, he had his ears lopped off before he was hauled off to jail.

LII: Supreme Court Collection
Contains current awareness, archive of decisions and resources.

Minor Infraction: A newspaper´s case for breaking the law
The children and their father wanted their names used in the story; the law said no. Was there an ethical justifcation for using their names?

NARA: US National Archives & Records Administration
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent Federal agency that preserves our nation´s history and defines us as a people by overseeing the management of all Federal records.

Newspaper Slander Case
A slander case brought by the warden of Wallens Ridge State Prison against two Connecticut newspapers that ran stories critical of conditions at the prison has been denied on the grounds that Virginia courts do not have jurisdiction over the out-of-state papers when the papers did not purposely seek readers or business in Virginia.

Our Documents
Featuring 100 milestone documents of American history from the National Archives. Includes images of original primary source documents, lesson plans, teacher and student competitions, and educational resources.

Slander and libel
Libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort of making a false statement of fact that injures someone´s reputation.

Speech and the Constitution Lesson Plan
Explains how this concept of libel developed in our history and how it affects us today.

Teaching with Documents
Teaching with Documents is designed to help teachers and students make sense of the vast amount of source material available over the Internet, and effectively bring these resources their work as historians using document based questions and constructed response question.

Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: The Amistad Case
February of 1839, Portuguese slave hunters abducted a large group of Africans from Sierra Leone and shipped them to Havana, Cuba, a center for the slave trade. This abduction violated all of the treaties then in existence.

Titanic Mock Trial
The materials can be used in many different ways by a variety of groups. While designed for classroom use, the materials can be used by a scout troop for law merit badges, by an after school program, such as computer or debate club, or even by summer camp or party.

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