Just 10 years after President Lincoln's assassination, his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, was charged with insanity and put on trial in Chicago. The accuser was her only surviving son, Robert Lincoln. The trial was held on May 19, 1875 and she had received no prior warning or chance to organise a defense. The jury deliberated for only 10 minutes and she was institutionalized at Bellevue Place Asylum. Mary was released after less than 4 months but mother and son were never truly reconciled.
This actually takes them through the process from the beginning of the accusation to the verdict. It presents as a Choose Your Own Fate activity and different students take on the role of different figures in the Village- the judges, the accused, and the accusers. With each part of the activity, they have to decide if they are going to proclaim their classmates guilty or innocent or confess to the crime or not depending on their role.
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