In this module, you will examine how presidents wrestled with the issue of slavery and their constitutional role. You will assess contemporary reactions to the Dred Scott decision and evaluate President James Buchanan’s reaction to the decision in light of the nation’s highest principles. Following the activities from the lesson on President Buchanan and the Dred Scott decision, you will review additional lesson plans to evaluate the relationship between the constitution and slavery.
As you work through the module, consider how each activity, reading, and the lesson as a whole help incorporate constitutional principles and civic virtues for an education for self-governance.
Throughout this module you will complete quizzes and other checks to assess your basic understanding of key terms and concepts developed throughout the module. At the end of this module you will complete reflection questions that will assess your internalization of the content and its transferability to the classroom.