The internet and television are buzzing with the January 6 hearings, which focus on the events that occurred on that date at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. These hearings draw attention to ideas about citizenship, governmental and presidential power, and political parties. These are all important concepts for students to understand as they are first introduced to civics and government, from primary through secondary education.
Here at Maps101, we are thinking about civics and government for other reasons, too. On June 22, 1870, a bill was passed that created the Department of Justice. It is easy to imagine that a federal department such as this was in effect from the beginning, but that is not the case. However, the U.S. Constitution does discuss the right of the accused to a fair and speedy trial. This can be found in the Bill of Rights, within the Sixth Amendment. This week, then, we are taking a look at topics around the governing of the United States.
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