Settling Unclaimed Lands: A Decision-Making Exercise This document describes an exercise developed and executed during the Management Planning Process. It will be developed into a middle school/high school lesson plan by Spring 2013.
Voter Fraud on the Frontier: Kansas Bogus Legislature This lesson plan includes a mock election to help students understand how and why the Bogus Legislature was elected and to allow students to debate ideas of fairness.
Shared Stories of the Civil War These Kansas Humanities Council Reader's Theater scripts incorporate primary sources into a narrative to help students explore topics related to the Border War/Civil War in Kansas and Missouri. Explore the following topics with your classes:
Compromise to Conflict: Missouri Compromise & Kansas-Nebraska Act. As the United States expanded into the West, the question of slavery remained unresolved.
Guerrilla Warfare: Bushwhackers & Jayhawkers. For years, guerrilla warriors roamed the Kansas-Missouri border and fought on either side of the slavery issue.
John Brown: Martyr or Madman. On the night of May 24, 1856, armed men led by abolitionist Brown killed five unarmed pro-slavery supporters along Pottawatomie Creek.
John Doy's Escape. Captured by pro-slavery forces in 1859 and liberated by free state forces six months later, Doy's story illustrates the tensions along the border.
Settling the Kansas Territory. Opened for settlement in 1854, the area attracted many settlers, some with political motivations, others motivated by opportunity.
The Underground Railroad. Nowhere in the U.S. was the Underground Railroad more dangerous than in western Missouri and eastern Kansas in the late 1850s.
Wyandotte Constitutional Convention. In 1859, delegates from the Kansas Territory gathered for a fourth and final time to approve the state's constitution, prohibiting slavery and limiting rights for women.
The Cherokee Nation. As tensions mounted between North and South, the Cherokee Nation faced a decision: In the event of war, would they side with the United States or the Confederacy?
Pledging Allegiance. North or South? Union or Confederacy? The choices grew more complicated in the early months of the Civil War, especially for Missourians living along the border.
Price's March of 1864. In 1864, Confederate General Sterling Price led 10,000 troops across Missouri. While his actions thrilled some, they terrorized others.
Quantrill's Raid & Order Number 11. Two of the most notorious events of the Civil War along the border were Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence in 1863 and the issuance of Order Number 11 four days later.
Rhetoric of the Civil War Press. Newspapers, and their opinions, played a crucial role in shaping public perception of events along the Kansas-Missouri border.
Skirmish at Island Mound. The First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry was the first African-American Northern regiment to see battle and the first to die at the Battle of Island Mound, Missouri.