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Students read and discuss background material on several key decisions that played a role in the Civil War including the Missouri Compromise, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Dredd Scott Decision. They create a timeline and write an essay.
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- Have class members read the background information pages and the primary source documents as homework
- Designed for a 90-minute class period but can be adapted for a shorter class period or expand for a two-day exercise
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- Requires individual copies of the primary source documents