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Using C-SPAN\'s Landmark Cases website and programs, students will simulate the Supreme Court hearing of Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), otherwise known as the Dred Scott Case. Students will read the case scenario and take on roles of either an attorney or Supreme Court Justice as if they lived in the 19th century. After studying the case, both teams of attorneys will present their cases in written and oral form and receive questions from the justices. Afterwards, the justices will facilitate oral argument and offer written opinions. Finally, the class will debrief the experience and read and discuss the actual decision.


  • Social Studies > Civics
  • Social Studies > Government
  • Social Studies > History/Local
  • Social Studies > United States Government
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Dred Scott, Landmark Supreme Court Cases



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