Gideon v. Wainwright Primary Sources Case Pack

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Street Law’s Primary Sources Case Packs help educators teach about landmark Supreme Court cases using primary sources from the Library of Congress.

This case pack is about the 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright, which asked: Does the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel in criminal cases extend to defendants in state courts, even in cases in which the death penalty is not at issue?

This high-school-level case pack includes a summary of the case, three primary source-based activities, and an inquiry-based task. An answer key is included.

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This resource was developed with support from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program. (Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.)

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