Livestream: "Contesting the Constitution" – A Book Talk with Dr. William S. Belko

In the years leading up to Missouri’s admission to the Union, the Missouri Territory stood at the center of fierce national debates on the future of enslaved Black people and the institution of slavery. This discourse has had a lasting influence on the United States and still affects the nation more than 200 years later.

In this talk, William S. Belko, PhD, the executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council, relives the fiery debate that surrounded Missouri’s admission to the Union as discussed in his recent book, Contesting the Constitution: Congress Debates the Missouri Crisis, 1819-1821.


Livestream begins on Friday, August 6, at 11:00 am CDT

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