Every year during the first week of May I review the Discover Texas curriculum, checking links and adding current material.
Among the noteworthy items I found this year were two videos. They were noteworthy not only because they are of excellent quality, but also because they invite us to examine the lessons of history lest we repeat them. Over a century and a half later, the issues are different, but the principles and political climate are eerily similar.
The root question here is, “Who is a citizen?”–a question we see in headlines today.
Facts to consider:
- Dred Scott was born in the United States (in Virginia).
- He lived here his entire life and was taken by his master to states where slavery was not legal.
- His parents were brought here against their will.
- Dred Scott was not a citizen of any other country.
- Republicans argued that he should be considered a citizen because enslaved people were allowed to vote in 10 of the 13 colonies, and voting is a right of citizens.
What implications do you see that apply to current events?
As with the “Thinking More” questions in Discover Texas, I’ll leave this open ended. Your turn!