Paired Texts > 'You Have the Right to Remain Silent': A History of the Miranda Rights
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The Code of Hammurabi is a well-preserved Babylonian law code of ancient Mesopotamia that dates back to about 1772 B.C. Hammurabi, the sixth Babylonian king, enacted The Code, which consists of 282 laws and corresponding punishments (depending on social status). The notion of trial by ordeal actually has some foundation in this ancient set of laws.Pair “The Code of Hammurabi” with “’You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights.” The law needs to be known and Hammurabi and the United States both got the word out in two different ways. Why is it important to know the law, and to know one’s rights? How do both of these texts relate to fairness?
Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, journalist, and a pioneering feminist writer. Trifles was first performed by the Provincetown Players at the Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, MA on August 8, 1916. In this one-act play, two women solve a mystery that the men cannot, uncovering some chilling secrets about the lives of their neighbors.Pair “Trifles” with “’You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights” and discuss the place of Miranda Rights in a fair trial, like the trial in “Trifles.”
In "Congress of the United States," readers learn about the powers and responsibilities of the United States Congress.Pair “'You Have The Right To Remain Silent': A History Of The Miranda Rights” with “Congress of the United States” and ask students to discuss the role of Congress and the Supreme Court. What are Miranda Rights and how did the Supreme Court create them according to “'You Have The Right To Remain Silent': A History Of The Miranda Rights”? What job does the United States Congress do according to “Congress of the United States”? What are the different jobs of the Supreme Court and the United States Congress? How does each branch of government work to make the United States government run?
In "United States Constitution," readers learn about the history and purpose of the U.S. Constitution.Pair “‘You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights” with “United States Constitution” and ask students to discuss how the Constitution has been used to change people’s lives. What are the Miranda Rights according to “‘You Have the Right to Remain Silent’: A History of the Miranda Rights”? How does the Constitution decide how laws are made according to “United States Constitution”? How are Miranda Rights an example of the United States Constitution being used in action?