Kansas-Nebraska Act Teacher Resources
The Civil War Era (1830-1880) in United States History was marked by contentious conflicts that split families, split political parties, and split the nation. The Louisiana Purchase, which made new lands available for western expansion, gave rise to the question about whether slavery would be permitted in these territories. Passed by Congress on May 30, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act allowed settlers in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide the question for themselves.
Lesson Planet has a full range of resources that provide background information on the pressures that led to the legislation (check out this lesson or this primary source activity), the key players in the drafting process (like this handout on abolitionist John Brown or this lesson on the act’s author Stephen Douglas), and the consequences of passing the act, including how the act lead to the Civil War.
The Kansas Nebraska Act stands as one of they key pieces of legislation in the long history of Civil Rights Movement in the United States. No matter the subject area, no matter the grade level, you’ll find a wealth of resources in our collection.