Mississippi River Region Map project and Research
Use your iPad to explore the Mississippi Region on Google Earth. Then use both Google Earth and the links below to research the following questions. Use this blank map to respond to questions 1 and 2, and answer the rest of the questions in the blank space on the right hand side of the map page. Make all of your notes on the map. (You may use iAnnotate or WhiteboardHD or any other app that will let you draw and type on your map, or you can print it out and draw/write on it by hand).
Imagine it’s around 1850…
1. Mark all of the states shown on the map.
2. Mark the Mississippi River and the two other major rivers of the Midwest.
3. Why was the Mississippi River important economically?
CHOOSE ONE STATE that borders the Mississippi River:
4. Write if the state is slave or free. If a free state, in what year did it become a free state, and under what circumstances?
5. What is the population of the state around 1855? If it is a slave state, what is the population of slaves? What is the population of free African Americans?
6. How would you characterize attitudes toward slavery in the state you’ve chosen? (remember it is around 1855) Is it a free state in which residents were sympathetic to slaveowners, or were the majority of citizens against slavery? Is this a slave state in which many slaveowners viewed their slaves as inferior members of their family, or one that practiced slavery with particular brutality and cruelty?
7. Come to class ready to address the following question:
Taking into account all you have just learned about this river and this region, in what ways is the Mississippi River an significant and appropriate setting for “the great American novel”?
CITATIONS: Cut and paste URLs of sites you use into a Pages or iA Writer or Whiteboard so that you may refer back to them.
RESOURCES (not in any order)
Google Earth (on your ipads)
Possible Search Terms:
State Names and River Names
Slavery in Louisiana (or Slavery in Arkansas, etc)
Be Curious. Explore!