Adventure 2-The Chicago Seven

By Ingrid

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Step 1

The first thing I did, as I did with adventure 1, was google the poster by image search. When I did that, many results showed up. I then clicked on some of the websites and a variety of different useful information came up. One of the many things I found out were that the Chicago seven were the conspiracy 8, it is just that one of them was sentenced to four years in jail for yelling to0 much at the judge during the trial, so the number went from eight down to seven.
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Step 2

After I collected some little bits of information on the Chicago seven that gave me a brief idea of who they were, I continued down that path of research to finally understand the key pieces of information on the Chicago seven. By doing this I did look at some videos that gave me an outline of information and then from that outline, I researched further. Once I had gotten the key information, I began answering the questions.
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Who Were The Chicago Seven?

The Chicago seven were originally eight but one of them was sentence to 48 months in prison. There names were Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, Bobby Seale, Lee Weiner, John Froines, and David Dellinger. Bobby Seale was the eighth one, the one that went to prison. These eight believed that the U.S.A should stop fighting the Vietnam War.
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What Did They Do And What Happened To Them?

David Dellinger was a pacifist and chairman of the National Mobilisation against the war. Tom Hayden and Rennie Davis were leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society. Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin were leaders of the Youth International Party. John Froines and Lee Weiner were local Chicago organisers and Bobby Seale was a cofounder of the Black Panther party. The Chicago seven were accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Because of this there was a five month trial that began in September, 1969. The trial was on going and the Chicago 8 clashed continually with the judge. When Bobby Seale's behaviour went out of control and got to be too much, he spent three days bound in court. After these three days, he was then sentenced for four years in prison. This is how the Chicago 8 lost one member and went down to Chicago 7. In February 1970, five out of the seven were found guilty but in 1972, people found out that the judge's convictions were wrong and errors were made.

What Were The Issues They Stood For?

The Chicago 8(at the time) were protesting because they wanted the U.S to stop fighting the Vietnam war and for the war to end. In 1968, two groups got together to discuss the Vietnam war. The two groups were, the 'National Mobilisation to End The War In Vietnam' and the 'Youth International Party'. In addition to just these two groups, some more group's representatives' planned to join in Chicago. Some of the groups were the 'Black Panther Party' and the 'Southern Christian Leadership Conference'. These groups got together not just about the Vietnam war but also to express their complaints concerning racism. Rennie Davis, first announced his intentions to the Democratic National Convention at a meeting of group called 'The Resistance', in November of 1967. He went to the University of Chicago to express his feelings and opinions on the Vietnam war.

What Is A Martyr?

A martyr dies for what they believe in, whether it be religion or not. A martyr can also be someone who killed a person for what they believe in.

Do You Believe They Were Martyrs?

No, I do not believe the Chicago 7 (8) were martyrs. In my opinion I do not think that the Chicago 7 or 8 were martyr's because they were working along side 'black' people (Bobby Seale) and the Black Panther Party. They were trying to help 'black' people as they were expressing there opinions about racism. I definitely do not think that this is the definition for a martyr. They also didn't get killed for their beliefs and they didn't kill people. Therefore I believe the conspiracy 8 were not martyrs.

Mistakes

I went onto wikipedia for a brief amount of time to get some information. Although I do like it, it can have some very fishy information and it is not very reliable so whenever you find something interesting on wikipedia you need to compare this information with other websites to see if the information is correct. This is a very time-consuming process and if I just left wikipedia and didn't use it then I think I would have finished this adventure much quicker and wouldn't have wasted so much valuable time.

Questions

Why did the Chicago 7 do these things?

What brought them to believe certain things?

Who was the leader of the Chicago 7 or were they all even?

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Bibliography

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