Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead.
Monday, March 6
The Supreme Court’s 1857 ruling denied citizenship to African Americans and established each state’s right to allow slavery.
Map: The Missouri Compromise (which Dred Scott overturned)
Background: Interactive timeline of slavery in the U.S.
Activity: Watch this video about the Dred Scott decision. What did the Supreme Court’s ruling mean for freed blacks? For the abolitionist movement?
Tuesday, March 7
Police violently attacked civil rights protesters’ first attempt to march to Selma, Alabama, in 1965.
Background: More info about the Selma-to-Montgomery marches
Friday, March 10
The Louisiana Territory doubled the size of the United States when it was officially transferred over from France in 1804.
Background: The Louisiana Purchase
Saturday, March 11
The magnitude 9.1 earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 was the fourth largest in recorded history and caused a devastating tsunami.
Map: Tectonic plates (Japan sits atop a “triple junction”: where 3 plates meet)
Background: The Ring of Fire
From 1918 to 1919 more people died from a powerful strain of influenza than from fighting in World War I.
Visual: Photo gallery: Influenza
Background: CDC info about the flu