Gateway Journalism Review's spring 2020 issue, The 1857 Project, explores the history of race in the Land of Dred Scott.
Gateway Journalism Review
As part of The 1857 Project, William H. Freivogel documents the failure of the press to report on systemic racism in St. Louis over the past century. But after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, things have begun to change.
In its spring 2020 print issue, GJR explores the history of race in the Land of Dred Scott. Call it the 1857 project because one of the most important chapters in the nation’s story occurred here with the Dred Scott decision reading blacks out of the Constitution and the Lincoln-Douglas debates the next year over whether America could endure part slave and part free.
Two hundred years ago, while many of the Founders still were alive, Missouri came to the forefront of the slavery fight. It has been inextricably entwined in the nation’s struggle over race ever since.