1. Why do you think the land around Independence was called Blue River Country?
2. Why did the Kansas-Nebraska Act cause so much trouble in Missouri?
3. The Mormons were not welcome in Missouri, although immigrants from all other states were allowed to settle. What were the fundamental differences in the approach the Mormons took to settle, and why was this so difficult for Missouri people?
4. In the first chapter of the book, Truman's ancestors are the focus, and he does not enter the story until late in this chapter. Why would the author begin in this manner?
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