Additional Activities

Cesar Prince ends his story with the question about the future of slavery. "The Constitution is the law of the land, but the Constitution doesn’t say slavery is illegal. In fact, it doesn’t mention slavery at all. Does this mean it will be left up to the states to decide whether they will permit slavery or not?" In the year he is writing from, slavery has yet to be addressed in the Constitution. Engage students in a conversation about why they think slavery was not outlawed in the Constitution when it was first written. The conversation can generate research projects.

Design a dollar bill for the State of Illinois. What do you think it should include?