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The Old Courthouse--Supplementary Resources

The Old Courthouse in St. Louis: Yesterday and Today covers only part of the Dred Scott case, the development of the transcontinental railroad, and the history of St. Louis. Below are materials for further exploration of the subjects this lesson considers.

General Resources
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
The Old Courthouse is one part of this unit of the National Park Service. The park's web pages detail the history of the building, the events that took place there, and the city in which it stands. Included are photographs, descriptions, and materials for teachers.

Library of Congress
The American Memory collection offers a wide variety of resources about the history of St. Louis, including maps, documents, and photographs. Start with the search engine, being sure to choose "Match this exact phrase" before you enter the topic you want to search.

National Archives
The Archives has placed on its web site a large number of items about St. Louis and the Dred Scott case. To find them, visit their website.

Lewis and Clark Expedition Travel Itinerary
The National Register of Historic Places' on-line travel itinerary on the Lewis and Clark Expedition provides information on 41 historic places listed in the National Register and associated with Lewis and Clark, including the Old Courthouse which is part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Historic Places of America’s Diverse Culture
The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures highlights the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  This itinerary seeks to share the contributions various peoples have made in creating American culture and history.

Specific Subjects
Area History

*The City of St. Louis's St. Louis Heritage site
*The National Center for Supercomputing Applications RiverWeb, an examination of scientific, historical and cultural developments at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers.

The Dred Scott case

A number of primary documents relating to the case are available on the web, including:
*The Supreme Court's decision
*The National Archives' copy of the original decision
*Abraham Lincoln's response to the decision

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the decision, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has posted an online exhibition, The Dred Scott Decision and Its Bitter Aftermath.

*RiverWeb also examines the construction of the Eads Bridge, the first permanent railroad crossing of the Mississippi.


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