Truman Short Essay - Answer Key

David McCullough
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1. Why do you think the land around Independence was called Blue River Country?

To give the area a frame of reference, and identify with the Blue River itself.

2. Why did the Kansas-Nebraska Act cause so much trouble in Missouri?

It determined who would own slaves and who would not.

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?

Mormons came with the purpose of taking over Independence and renaming it, as well as their religious views being so remote from those of the predominantly Baptist 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?

To acquaint the reader with the character, personalities and beliefs of those people who eventually produced Truman.

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