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7th Grade Kansas History Standard
Benchmark 2

History Standard:  The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of significant individuals, groups, ideas, events, eras, and developments in the history of Kansas, the United States, and the world, utilizing essential analytical and research skills.

BENCHMARK  2:  The student understands individuals, groups, ideas, events, and developments during Kansas Territory and the Civil War (1854-1865)

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Seventh Grade Knowledge and/or Application Indicators
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1 (A) The student describes the concept of popular sovereignty under the Kansas-Nebraska Act and its impact on developing a state constitution

 

 

2 *(K) The student describes how the dispute over slavery shaped life in Kansas Territory (e.g., border ruffians, bushwhackers, jayhawkers, the Underground Railroad, free-staters, abolitionists).

“Kansas, Here We Come!”: Migration of John and Mary Jane Ritchie to the Kansas Territory in 1855.
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"The Killing of Leonard Arms”: The Trial of John Ritchie Upon the Shooting and Death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Leonard Arms
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3 (A) The student analyzes the importance of “Bleeding Kansas” to the rest of the United States in the years leading up to the Civil War (e.g. national media attention, caning of Senator Charles Sumner, Greenleaf Whittier Emigrant Aid Societies, Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony, poems of John, John Brown).

 

 

CAUSES & EFFECTS-The factors leading to the Civil War and how the war impacted history through reconstruction. From mrnussbaum.com.

BLEEDING KANSAS: A Narrative Guide to the Sources


UNCLE TOM'S CABIN or Life Among The Lowly (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe

John Greenleaf Whittier's Poem - Burial of Barber (Dec. 6, 1855) about the murder of free-state settler Thomas Barber.

ON THE CRIME AGAINST KANSAS - CHARLES SUMNER - 1856

IN DEFENSE OF HIS ATTACK ON SUMNER - PRESTON SMITH BROOKS - 1856

Sunflower Journeys

Pottawatomie Massacre - Five Men Killed

The Pottawatomie Killings - Statement of James Townsley - published in the "Republican Citizen" Paola, Kansas, December 20, 1879

What John Brown Did In Kansas - U. S. Representative Andrew Johnson (Tennessee) December 12, 1859

JOHN BROWN'S RAID ON HARPER'S FERRY - October 15, 1859 - Col. Robert E. Lee

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ABOUT JOHN BROWN'S RAID ON HARPER'S FERRY - 1859

JOHN BROWN'S SPEECH TO THE COURT AT HIS TRIAL

Life, Trial & Execution of Capt. John Brown

4 (K) The student describes the role of important individuals during the territorial period (e.g. Charles Robinson, James Lane, John Brown, Clarina Nichols, Samuel Jones, David Atchison, Andrew H. Reeder).

5. (A) The student analyzes the Wyandotte Constitution with respect to the civil rights of women and African Americans.  

6 (K) The student describes important events in Kansas during the Civil War (e.g. Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, the Battle of Mine Creek, recruitment of volunteer regiments).