Dred Scott ___"Dred Scott first went to trial to sue for his freedom in
1847. Ten years later... his case was finally brought before the United
States Supreme Court... The court decided that all people of African
ancestry -- slaves as well as those who were free -- could never become
citizens of the United States and therefore could not sue in federal
court [and] that the federal government did not have the power to
prohibit slavery in its territories. Scott, needless to say, remained a
slave." His story is here, followed by links to related information. -
Illustrated - From PBS -
Overview of Major Civil Rights Legislation, Supreme Court Cases ...
__ "During the 1950s and 1960s, a number of important civil rights' activities
occurred that helped position the Civil Rights movement for greater recognition.
They also led either directly or indirectly the passage of key legislation.
Following is an overview of the major legislation, Supreme Court cases, and
activities that occurred in the Civil Rights movement at the time." - From
Race-based Legislation ___This article discusses the situation in which
Northern state blacks found themselves in the first half of the
nineteenth century. "... they were no longer slaves, neither were they
free." - Text only - From PBS -
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow___"... explores segregation from the end
of the Civil War to the dawn of the modern civil rights movement." There
are pages of interactive maps (require Flash 5 plug-in) and tools and
activities, plus a teachers' section. - Illustrated - From the
Educational Broadcasting Corporation -