Bridge of Spies: American Justice

James Donovan, an American lawyer, is asked to defend a Soviet spy in court. It is important that the spy gets a fair trial so that the image of American justice is upheld in the midst of the Cold War.

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  1. Why is it important that a Soviet spy receives a fair trial?
  2. What are Donovan's reservations about taking on the case?
  3. Where has Mr. Donovan dealt with criminal law?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the fundamental rights of American citizens guaranteed in the Bill of Rights...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    describe the fundamental rights guaranteed by each amendment in the Bill of Rights, including freedo...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    summarize rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze and evaluate the text, intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence an...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    The student understands the impact of significant national and international decisions and conflicts...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the following major events of the Cold War, including the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and ...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the freedoms and rights guaranteed by each amendment in the Bill of Rights

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