This is the accompanying lesson plan of the Northwest Ordinance Auction Activity for the free PowerPoint. It is complete with scenarios, guided notes, pre and post-activity questions, township map, and lesson guide.
Northwest Ordinances: Northwest Ordinances, several laws enacted by the U. Congress that established procedures for the settlement and incorporation of the Northwest Territory.
In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court decides the Dred Scott case. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Roger Taney rules that Scott is still a slave with no standing to sue; that black Americans (slave or free) are not citizens and do not have civil rights protected by the U.S. Constitution; and that neither the territorial government nor the federal government can ban slavery in the territories, thus making the (now-defunct) Northwest Ordinance and Missouri Compromise bans unconstitutional.