Famous Court Cases That Became Movies

Age Level: 11–up  Grade Level: 6–up

Each book covers one high-impact, high-interest trial in American history. The titles focus on the people behind the cases, the societal issues, the legal principles involved, and the impact the cases had on society. Readers will discover how the case was treated in popular culture as seen in movies based on the trials. An online teacher’s guide is available, as well as a tie-in with the movie related to that particular book.

  • Focuses on the people behind the cases, the societal issues and the legal principles involved
  • Examines how the case was treated in popular culture
  • Ties in with movie; includes educator's guide
  • Good for reports and classroom debate
  • Supports the Social Studies curriculum
  • 6 ½” x 9 1/4”
  • 104–128pp.
  • Illus. with color photographs
  • Contains chapter notes, a glossary, a further reading list, Internet addresses, and an index
  • Spring 2009
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Evolution on Trial

Evolution on Trial

From the Scopes "Monkey" Case to Inherit the Wind

Kathiann M. Kowalski
In July 1925, a historic trial took place in Dayton, Tennessee, when John Scopes, a high school teacher, was charged with teaching the theory of evolution to his biology class in defiance of state law...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3056-5
Binding: Library Ed.
List Price: $33.27
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Presidential Power on Trial

Presidential Power on Trial

From Watergate to All the President’s Men

William Noble
The Watergate burglary in 1972, in which men linked to the White House broke into the headquarters of the Democratic Party, led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. Author William Noble tells this fascinating and dramatic story, explaining the complex political and legal points, and contrasts real events with ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, the popular movie made about the break-in and investigation...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3058-9
Binding: Library Ed.
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Racism on Trial

Racism on Trial

From the Medgar Evers Murder Case to Ghosts of Mississippi

Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin
After Medgar Evers, a civil rights worker, was shot in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963, a local white supremacist named Byron De La Beckwith was arrested for the crime. Two court cases ended in mistrials...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3059-6
Binding: Library Ed.
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The Amistad Mutiny

The Amistad Mutiny

From the Court Case to the Movie

Melissa Eisen Azarian
In 1839, a group of enslaved Africans bound for Cuba mutinied on their ship, the AMISTAD. They attempted to sail back to Africa, but ended up in the waters off New York, where they were recaptured and put on trial...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3054-1
Binding: Library Ed.
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The Bounty Mutiny

The Bounty Mutiny

From the Court Case to the Movie

Edward Willett
The BOUNTY was a British ship visiting Tahiti in 1789 when some of the crew overthrew the captain, William Bligh, and set him adrift in a tiny boat with sailors loyal to him. The mutiny resulted in a number of trials—both of men who mutinied and of Bligh for losing command of the ship...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3128-9
Binding: Library Ed.
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The Right to Counsel

The Right to Counsel

From Gideon v. Wainwright to Gideon's Trumpet

Lisa A. Wroble
In 1961, an unemployed drifter named Clarence Earl Gideon was arrested in Florida and charged with burglarizing a pool hall. In court, Gideon asked for a lawyer, since he could not afford one, but he was turned down...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-3057-2
Binding: Library Ed.
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