Sample Video 113: US History 66: What Does Freedom Mean? An Exploration of 19th Century Freedom Suits


View this program for an insightful discussion on freedom suits filed by slaves as a method to gain their freedom in the first half of 19th century America.  Guests are Dr. Kelly Kennington, author of “In the Shadow of Dred Scott:  St. Louis Freedom Suits and the Legal Culture of Slavery in Antebellum America” and Associate Professor of History at Auburn University and Dr. David Konig, Professor of Law and Emeritus Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis.

To learn more about freedom suits and see the records of freedom suits filed in the St. Louis Circuit Courts in the 1800’s, check out the resources available online in the St. Louis Freedom Suits/Legal Encoding Project.  To view a video with program guest Dr. David Konig as he explains the impact of the digital library of freedom suits provided through the Legal Encoding Project, click here.

This program was funded in part through a grant provided by the Missouri Humanities Council.

Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 329: Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources

Educate.Today is full of primary sources to use with your students. This teacher tool focuses on understanding the difference between primary sources and secondary sources and provides an example of an activity to do with students to build their effective use of primary sources in a research project.