United States Colored Troops in Missouri:
Finding African American History at the Missouri State Archives

Sites of Interest

Before Dred Scott: Slave Freedom Suits in Antebellum Missouri

This lesson plan, created by the Missouri State Archives and geared toward fourth-eighth graders, contains original documents relating to slave freedom suits in St. Louis before the famous Dred Scott case.

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The National Archives Digital Classroom

This site provides assistance for educators on the incorporation of original documents into the classroom. Also available on this sight are lesson plans and an in-depth list of on-line resources.

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St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project: Freedom Suits

This site, containing more than 280 original slave freedom suits dating from 1814-1860, is the largest single collection of slave freedom suits available for researchers in the United States.

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Our Documents: A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service

This program serves the purpose of preserving the memory of 100 of the most crucial original documents in the history of the United States for students by placing them, along with historical information and resources for teachers, on one website. Documents such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Missouri Compromise are featured.

Follow the link called the "Teacher's Toolbox," which leads to the on-line Our Documents Teacher's Sourcebook . This document is a practical resource for educators using documents in the classroom. It includes sample lesson plans.

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National History Day

This official website details the National History Day competition.

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Images of African-American Slavery and Freedom, The Library of Congress

Educators can find images from the "Prints and Photographs Division" of the Library of Congress on this site.

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Africans in America-PBS

This PBS site depicts "America's Journey Through Slavery" through the use of biography, commentary, images, and documents.

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