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The Missouri Compromise - A Primary Source Analysis

Activity Description


Students will examine tables of data from the 1820 Census to understand the implications of the Missouri Compromise, specifically in Maine and Missouri.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

45-60 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to use a primary source to understand a historical event.
  • Students will be able to read and interpret tables of data from the 1820 Census.
  • Students will be able to explain the relationship between the Missouri Compromise and 1820 Census data for Maine and Missouri.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 6 pages
  • Calculators

Activity Item

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  • 1820 Census Tables

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will analyze census data for Maine and Missouri to determine the implications of the Missouri Compromise.


High School History


  • Missouri Compromise

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing a primary source
  • Identifying cause and effect
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