Activities for Lesson 5

Take a blank map of the United States. Make a color key. Color the map according to the following regions in the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

Free States
Free Territory
Decision on Slavery left to the People of the Territory
Slave State
Slave Territory

Answer these questions:

  1. How did the Kansas-Nebraska Act change the Missouri Compromise?
  2. Compare the map you made in Lesson 1 to this map. What differences do you see? What slave states joined the Union between 1820 and 1854?
  3. Why did Lincoln oppose the Kansas-Nebraska Act?
  4. What territories did the Kansas-Nebraska Act open to slavery?

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