In March of 2020,  Missouri Humanities partnered with Missouri 2021 to create a video series exploring historic moments in our state's founding history in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Missouri Enabling Act authorizing the territory of Missouri to form a state government and write a constitution to become a state. Check out the video series below, exploring how statehood affected the diverse groups of peoples living in Missouri at that moment. 

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Missouri Enabling Act With Ed Smith.

 Ed Smith, a Native Osage, shares the story of how the Enabling Act impacted Native American's in Missouri.

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Missouri Enabling Act With Diane Mutti-Burke

UMKC History Professor, Diane Mutti-Burke, examines how the Missouri Enabling Act impacted African-Americans, both slave and free when it was signed into law by President James Monroe on March 6, 1820.

Missouri Enabling Act With Jeff Pasley

 Dr. Jeff Pasley, University of Missouri History Professor and Associate Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. Pasley discusses the impact the Missouri Enabling Act had on the national political scene and highlights what came next.