Causes of the Civil War: Missouri Compromise, Compromise of 1850 and Kansas Nebraska Act

This Causes of the Civil War: Missouri Compromise, Compromise of 1850 and Kansas Nebraska Act lesson plan also includes:

How did the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act contribute to the growing tensions that led to the Civil war? To better understand the events that led to the Civil War, young historians engage in a series of activities, including a debate, that cause them to examine these compromises in depth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask class members to research the motives of the groups like the free soilers, and those that supported popular sovereignty, the transcontinental railroad, and western expansion
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires computer access; schedule time in the computer lab if personal or classroom computers are not available
  • Some scanned documents are difficult to read
  • Presumes a protocol has been established for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial and sensitive issues
Pros

  • One activity asks class groups to adopt either a pro-slavery or anti-slavery perspective and develop propaganda materials designed to raise money for their cause
Cons

  • None