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Unit 3: Set 2. Creating Dakota Territory - Activity

Introduction | Territorial Documents | Celebration | Gov Letters | Oaths | Activity

Discussion on Government

  1. How many of the names of men mentioned in this document set can you find on maps of North Dakota or South Dakota?
  1. Why were the residents of eastern Dakota so anxious for a government? What could they do without a government? What could they do only with a government?
  1. Can a society function without a government? Other than criminal law, what laws are necessary? What is needed to enforce laws?
  1. Was the change in the oath of office necessary? Why?

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