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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 1. Analyze the growth and the development of the United States

Objective a. Explain the political and economic impact of the Louisiana Purchase on the United States

Students will examine the Louisiana Purchase from the perspective of a variety of Americans living in 1803. After studying the Louisiana Purchase, divide students into 5 groups. Assign each group one of the following identities: (1) a farmer living in Kentucky near the Ohio River, (2) a Native American living in Louisiana, (3) the owner of a transportation company, (4) a Massachusetts Federalist, and (5) a merchant from Baltimore. Ask each group to discuss whether they support or oppose the Louisiana Purchase and reasons justifying their position, with an emphasis on political and economic considerations. After several minutes of discussion, reassign students to new groups that contain one representative from each identity category. Within their new groups, have students debate the merits of the Louisiana Purchase from their different perspectives. Finally, ask students to write a letter to their Senator asking them to ratify or reject the Louisiana Purchase treaty, providing reasons for their position.

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