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 5
The conflict intensified the American colonists’ demand for liberty from Great Britain, pushing them closer to the Revolutionary War.
Background: Timeline of the American Revolution
Tuesday, March 6
The Supreme Court ruling denied citizenship to African Americans and established each state’s right to allow slavery.
Map: Dred Scott, a slave, had been taken to Illinois, a free state, and then Wisconsin territory. Scott lived in Wisconsin with his master for several years before returning to Missouri, a slave state. How did the Dred Scott decision overrule the 1820 Missouri Compromise?
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? Do you agree that the Dred Scott decision was the “worst Supreme Court decision of all time”?
Wednesday, March 7
Police violently attacked civil rights protesters’ first attempt to march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery.
Saturday, March 10
The Louisiana Territory doubled the size of the United States when it was officially transferred from France.
Background: What was the Louisiana Purchase?
Sunday, March 11
Between 1918 and 1919, more people died from a powerful strain of influenza than from fighting in World War I.
Visual: Photo gallery: Influenza