This Day in History

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Clarence Earl Gideon's Petition

March 18, 1963: Gideon v. Wainwright

The ruling of Gideon v. Wainwright required states to provide counsel in criminal cases to represent defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys.
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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March 16, 2003: Rachel Corrie Killed

Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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March 7, 1965: Bloody Sunday

To protest the police murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson and for voting rights, more than 600 people began a peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery.
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
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