The Populist Movement 1867-1896, and the Election of 1896

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This lesson is designed to give students an overview of what the Populist Movement of late19th Century America was all about. The lesson uses several short powerpoint presentations from our history text books, Creating America: A History of the United States, The Kansas Journey, and from the Stanford History Education Group. Students will use a variety of primary source documents such as: Speeches by Mary Elizabeth Lease, and William Jennings Bryan.

Mexican-American War 1846-1848

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Kansas Railroads, Gandy Dancers and Hands-On Learning

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Bill uses a short video clip of railroad workers to introduce the practice of creating and maintaining Kansas railroads. Students use spike mauls and sledge hammers to drive spikes into actual railroad ties.

Railroad articles, resources and maps