Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Napoleon's trial

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If our NCHS career as partners in learning was a book that was segmented in to parts, this project would mark the beginning of Part II. Part I is about learning how to access your library's services. Part II is about the research process. There is a video below that is worth the 7 1/2 minutes. It describes the beauty of running into obstacles while researching. These instances present opportunities, not setbacks. They prompt you to ask, "What am I really looking for?" This should help you refocus, and perhaps redirect your research.

Was Napoleon guilty of crimes against humanity?

You will need to research two areas:

1) Napoleon, his objectives, his motivation, his programs, his reforms, his empire - loosely, the impact of the Napoleonic Empire on the global community, and the more localized, French community

2) your witness, his/her provenance (where he/she lived), his/her "agenda", and then, if you cannot find any resources that describe his/her relationship with Napoleon (and, in many cases, you won't), you will need to infer or speculate about his/her sentiments toward Napoleon.As part of your research, learn about the following. This project will be much harder if you don't know what these things are:

  • Concordat
  • Civil Code
  • Jacobins
  • Restoration

Start by opening a bibliography. Instructions in the slide show below.

Here's how to use the note-card function in EasyBib. you will use this for this project



NEW! Sample notes - just an example!
Note-taking template
Note-taking rubric

Having trouble accessing your EasyBib notebook? Follow these instructions (Hover over the image and click on the red dots to learn more).

You should, at this time have the DestinyQuest app on your device. We will be checking during class. Please make sure you have it.
Witnesses with straight-up biographical info: 

Czar Alexander (Alexander I)
Jacques Louis David
Olympe de Gouges (Gouges)
Thomas Jefferson
Louis XVIII (Louis)
Lord Castlereagh of Great Britain
Marat, Metternich
Toussaint L'Ouverture (Toussaint)
Pope Pius VII, Robespierre
Duke of Wellington (Wellington)

For these, use:
    • Biography Reference Center
    • Gale Virtual Reference library
    • ABC-CLIO: World History - The Modern Era
    • History Refernce Center
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography
    • Encyclopaedia Britannica

Witnesses without mainstream/straight-up biographical info:

The following are less concrete, but completely do-able. Use BOOKS!
"Napoleon's trial" is a subject in our catalog. Pair that with another search term to generate relevant results. Print books can only be checked out for overnight loans. The eBook loan period is one-hour. When using databases, try the following keyword combinations to locate resources:
  • French Teacher: Napoleon AND education or Napoleon AND ecole or Napoleon AND lycee or "Imperial University"
  • Widow of Austerlitz soldier K.I.A: Napoleon and Women or "Civil Code" or code AND inheritance
  • French peasant: Napoleon AND Farm* or Napoloeon AND agricultur* or Napoleon AND collective or Napoleon AND capitalist* or Napoleon AND feudalism
  • French Archeologist/historian Napoleon AND Egypt or Napoleon AND arts or "rosetta stone"
  • Chief Justice Napoleon AND "legal code" or "Code of Criminal Procedure" or "Penal Code"
  • Italian Nationalist unification AND italy
  • French Soldier of the Russian Campaign Napoleon AND conscription or Napoelon and Russia*
  • British Merchant Napoleon AND trade AND Britain or Napoleon AND trade AND England or "continental system" or blockade also consider using the words commerce, tax, or tariff
You can also use:
    • ABC-CLIO: World History - The Modern Era
    • History Reference Center
Here is the video I mentioned:

The Research Process, step-by-step from michelle luhtala on Vimeo.

This video will help Millennial learners, who have grown up with the advantages of Google and Wikipedia, understand the value of setbacks when doing research in a database.This video demonstrates how to use secondary sources to identify keywords that will help locate primary sources. It also highlights the importance of using the lexicon of the era, rather than contemporary search terms when trying to locate primary sources.

  • opening statement
  • closing statement
  • at least 6 questions for each of their own witnesses
  • create two or three questions for their cross-examination
  • 200 to 300 word summary of their character
  • Try this book: Defending the accused : stories from the courtroom by Richard Wormser to help you understand the mechanics of running a courtroom. 345.72
  • This document outlines the basics about setting up a trial. 


  1. Hi,

    I am new to the school and I was wondering where I find the databases for Mr. Philip's "Napoleon Trial Project?" My email is

    Thank you!

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