This assignment provides a wonderful introduction to both the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. From the reading, students will gain an understanding of the major issues facing the national government after the Revolutionary War: how to pay the nation's debt and how to add additional states to the Union. Students will also gain insight into how the provisions of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 fostered a "competition" over admitting free and slaves states, and how that competition ultimately contributed to the coming of the Civil War.
The assignment includes five (5) questions based on the reading.
by Ordinances of 1785 and 1787
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