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During our lecture, you learned how Southern and Northern politicians engaged in multiple delicate
negotiations to maintain the balance between free and slave states as more and more settlers pushed
west. Today's assignment asks you to build on your knowledge of two outcomes of such negotiations:
the 1820 Missouri Compromise and the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act.
As you will see below, this assignment consists of a series of questions regarding two maps. Before
tackling the questions, I recommend that you copy and paste all of the questions in a Word document
for easy reference as you evaluate the two maps. You can then access each of the two maps by
clicking on the underlined heading above the first two series of questions.
Please answer the following questions:
Missouri Compromise, 1820 Map Questions:
1. Which region, the North or the South, was more densely populated? (Hint: Check out the
population "Per square mile of land area" for each state) What explains this difference in population
2. How did the Missouri Compromise serve to balance the number of free and slave states in the U.S.
3. How could the Compromise motivate Southerners to push for expanding U.S. territory westward?
Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1854 Map Questions:
1. How many states were free in 1854 and how many states were slave states?
2. After California was admitted as a free state in 1850, why would the South’s call for new states'
voting on slavery grow stronger? (Hint: What did California's newfound statehood do to the balance
between free and slaveholding states?)
3. When northern abolitionists looked at the map of U.S. states and territories in 1854, what might
have troubled them?
4. When southern slaveholders looked at the map of U.S. states and territories in 1854, what would
have concerned them?
Map Comparison Question:
1. How had the U.S. map changed from 1820 to 1854 in terms of
(a) number of additional free states and territories,
(b) number of additional slave states, and
(c) number of territories to be decided by popular sovereignty?
*This assignment is based on a lesson plan found on the National Endowment for Humanities'
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