On April 20, the ABA Division for Public Education, in partnership with the National Archives at Chicago, presented “Teaching Prohibition with Federal Court Records” at the Organization of American Historians and National Council on Public History 2012 annual meeting. The 90-minute session allowed participants to study and analyze federal case files from the Prohibition Era, including the case file of Chicago gangster Al Capone and rival Henry “Hymie” Weiss, who was gunned down during his trial. Participants discussed how federal court records could be used as primary sources in the classroom.
The session also pointed to content from Division resources such as Insights on Law & Society, and to the Olmstead v. U.S. case study from the Federal Judicial Center. Free materials from the session are available for download.