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Frontier: Debate Ideas

Debate Ideas

Isobel Gunn, also known as “John Fubbister,” disguised herself as a man to be allowed to work as an agent at a fur-trading post. Should women of that time period have been allowed to be a part of the fur-trading business? Research and debate the pros and cons of this topic.Extension: After the debate is completed, have the students exchange sides and debate the other side.

Formal Debate Guidelines

Responsibilities and roles of women in the military during the frontier era were non-existent. Women and children of the soldiers were called “camp followers” and did not have army privileges. The laundresses, however, received food, medical care, and other services of the fort. Was this fair? Debate the pros and cons of each side of the debate.

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Sakakawea was said to have been instrumental in the success of the Corps of Discovery. Discuss the pros and cons of whether you think the Corps of Discovery expedition could have succeeded without Sakakawea.

Formal Debate Guidelines

Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer has been described as being reckless and leading his troops to death for his own glory. Debate this statement.

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