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    An active and ambitious civil rights movement was present in Missouri as early as 1819, when protests broke out over the Missouri Compromise. Yet the state’s role in our nation’s quest for racial equality has often been overlooked, even though it spearheaded some of the most decisive Supreme Court cases in our country’s civil rights history. Perhaps one of the most momentous cases occurred in 1857 when Dred Scott v. John F.A. Sandford indirectly motivated the American Civil War after the Supreme Court ruled that Scott, because he was not white, was not a citizen and therefore had no standing in federal court. In 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court case of Shelley v. Kraemer helped secure the right of African Americans to equal housing. This case and others acted as catalysts for the pursuit of equality through the court system all across the country.


    When you’re ready to experience the history of the United States Civil Rights Trail firsthand, download a state itinerary. These guides have information about the sites you can visit in each state as well as directions and other useful tools to help you successfully plan your trip.




    The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks in the Southern states and beyond that played a pivotal role in advancing social justice in the 1950s and 1960s, shifting the course of history. We started this podcast to continue our mission of motivation people to learn more, see more and feel more. Through this podcast we will tell deeper stories of the Civil Rights Movement from people who were there and made a difference.


    • Season 1 – Alabama

    • Season 2 – Mississippi

    • Season 3 – South Carolina

    • Season 4 – Louisiana

    • Season 5 – Tennessee

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