The Historical Audacity of the Louisiana Purchase

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In order to double the size of the country and make what would become the greatest real estate deal in the history of the United States, Thomas Jefferson had to set aside his beliefs in small government and his strict constructionist vision of the Constitution. Use this video to review the events leading up to, and the actual acquisition of land in the Louisiana Purchase with your class. Then, begin a discussion on the liberties the national government took in order to lay a firm foundation for the growing nation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Unique approach to review of Louisiana Purchase
  • Can extend into discussion of implied powers of government
  • Opportunity to flip the video: create your own multiple choice and/or open answer questions to check for understanding and add additional resources (requires free online registration)
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