This is a great way to introduce the Decade of Crisis leading up the Civil War. It is a fake story with fake names that replace the true story of the murder of Elijah Lovejoy and the behavior of John Brown in Kansas and at Harper's Ferry. It opens a discussion about life in the country of Iraq as it is depicted in the story - but that country is really America!!
How would your students like to live in a country like that?
Was America ever that crazy?
Your students will be shocked when they discover that the story did take place in America!