Paired Texts > The Missouri Compromise
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Abraham Lincoln was well known for his opposition to slavery, believing that it went against the core principles of the nation's Founding Fathers. In this text, Lincoln contrasts slavery with its better counterpart, free labor, and aligns it with the necessity of equality in society.Pair “The Missouri Compromise” with “Speech on Slavery” and ask students to discuss the morality and fairness of the Missouri Compromise in relation to Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery.
In this famous work of satire, Jonathan Swift proposes a ridiculous and immoral strategy to deal with with overcrowding, overpopulation, and poverty in Ireland.Pair “The Missouri Compromise” with “A Modest Proposal” and ask students to discuss the morality of compromises that make life easier for some and unfair for others.
This information text describes the lead-up to and outcomes of the 1860 presidential election of Abraham Lincoln, which sparked the Civil War.Pair "The Election of 1860" with "The Missouri Compromise" and ask students to discuss how these two events worked together to incite northern and southern tensions that would cause the Civil War.
This text details the events of the secession crisis of 1860-1861 in which the southern states formed the Confederacy and the Civil War began.Pair “The South Secedes” with “The Missouri Compromise” and ask students to discuss how these two texts reveal the progression of tension between pro-slavery and anti-slavery states. If the Missouri Compromise had been handled differently, could southern secession have been avoided, or might it have just occurred at a different time?
This informational text describes how the Kansas-Nebraska Act led to an outbreak of violence over slavery preceding the Civil War.Pair “Bloody Kansas” with “The Missouri Compromise” and ask students to discuss how the Missouri Compromise “had kept the Union from falling apart for the last 34 years” before the events of Bloody Kansas.
In "Causes of the American Civil War," the informational text explores the causes of the American Civil War and the growing hostility between the Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders.Pair “The Missouri Compromise” with “Causes of the American Civil War” and ask students to discuss the contentious relations between abolitionists and anti-abolitionists. How did the issue of slavery influence the formation and expansion of the United States? What effects did events such as the Missouri Compromise have on the United States and beginnings of the American Civil War?