Day 6: Kansas-Nebraska Act

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Why is the Kansas-Nebraska Act considered a leading cause of the American Civil War? Class members examine the actions of Presidents James Buchanan and Franklin Pierce, the repeal of the 1880 Missouri Compromise, the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the responses of residents of Kansas and Nebraska to these events.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Restructure the lesson by dividing the class into groups, providing them with both the questions and the materials, and asking them do formulate their own responses
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires additional prep time to copy materials

  • The questions encourage learners to think critically about how the government policies lead to the Civil War

  • The lesson, as presented, is heavily teacher centered