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Are you looking for an engaging, informative, and comprehensive lesson on the violent events surrounding slavery before the Civil War? Do you need excellent and thorough resources to teach the Kansas-Nebraska Act, "Bleeding Kansas", the Dred Scott Decision, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and the Raid on Harper's Ferry? Do you want to go completely PAPERLESS? This is the bundle you need!
This "A Nation Divided: Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates" Digital Bundle includes:
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2) An activity with a comprehensive overview of the divisions in American society created by the fight over slavery in western territories. Students will begin by explaining how several factors helped intensify the debate over slavery after 1850, including President Franklin's Pierce's support of stricter fugitive slave laws, the need for new land to accommodate the expanding nation, and the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom's Cabin. Then, your class will examine the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Students will explain why Stephen A. Douglas proposed the act, define popular sovereignty, and list the reasons why Northerners would have opposed the act and why Southerners would have supported it. Next, your students will pretend to be an average American in 1854 and write their Senator in support of or opposition to the legislation. Then, your students will examine the civil unrest in Kansas that became known as "Bleeding Kansas". Your class will identify who the "Border Ruffians" were, provide proof of voter fraud in the Kansas election, and theorize on whether violence could have been prevented. Students will then complete a flowchart that visualizes the steps that led to violence and bloodshed in the Kansas territory. Students will then read excerpts from Supreme Court's opinion in the Dred Scott case and answer questions to demonstrate their understanding on how the Court's decision was pivotal in the debate over the spread of slavery. Lastly, your class will examine the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Your students will read excerpts from the arguments of Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln from their debate on August 21, 1858. Then, students will use what they've read to answer questions that help define the stance of both men and why they believed their argument provided the best solution to solve the debate over slavery.
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