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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

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Assuming the perspective of either (1) a farmer living near the Ohio River; (2) a Native American in Louisiana; (3) the owner of a transportation company; (4) a Federalist from Massachusetts; or (5) a merchant from Baltimore, students will write a letter to a U.S. Senator urging either ratification or rejection of the Louisiana Purchase treaty.

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