Your Day in Court

Land office squabbles often led to court cases.
Scene representing U.S. land office. Squabbles over land often led to court cases

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This program will be a recreation of a trial that actually took place at Fort Scott in early 1858 regarding a land squabble. Disputes over land were common especially between pro and antislavery settlers. In this program, students take the roles of judge, attorneys, witnesses, and jurors as they try the case of Southwood vs. Stone.


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The script is not posted online, because students who are jurors should not see the script before hand.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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