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Unit 10: What Do We Stand For?

Slavery, Dred Scott & the Old Courthouse

Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

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Possible Research Topics

  • Slavery
  • Dred Scott
  • Harriet Scott
  • Dred Scott vs. Irene Emerson
  • The Old St. Louis Courthouse
  • Taylor Blow
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Roger Taney
  • Missouri Compromise
  • John Berry Mechem
  • Anti-Black Education Law

Lesson Plans



  • Missouri Black Heritage
    Greene, Lorenzo Johnson; Kremer, Gary R.; 
    Holland, Antonio F.
    University of Missouri Press
    Columbia, Mo.
  • No Crystal Stair: The Story of Thirteen African Americans Who Once Called St. Louis Home
    Wright, John A.
    Ferguson-Florissant School District
    Ferguson, Mo.
  • The Dred Scot Case
    The Black Heritage Library Collection
    Ayer Co
    Salem, N.H.