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Unit 6: A State is Born

Law comes to the frontier at the first State Capital in St. Charles.

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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Research Topics

  • Alexander McNair
  • Missouri Limestone
  • "Territory vs. State"
  • Burning of the Capitol
  • Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City
  • The First State Capitol in St. Charles
  • House of Representatives
  • The Missouri Compromise of 1820
  • William Clark
  • Missouri's First Legislature
  • Senate 


  • William Clark: A New Perspective of Missouri Territorial Politics
    Steffen, Jerome 
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.
  • Three Missouri State and Statehood Founders
    Shoemaker, Floyd
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.
  • The American Territorial System: Missouri’s Experience
    Foley, William E.
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.
  • The Admission of Missouri
    March, David
    Missouri Historical Review
    Columbia, Mo.