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The Northwest Ordinance



The Northwest Ordinance
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.95

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    delegate, original, equality, colonial, slavery, fairly, religion, based, forbade, participate, jury, secretary, section, govern, equal, education
     content words:    American Revolution, United States, East Coast, Northwest Ordinance, Northwest Territory, Ohio River, Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Revolutionary War, New York


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The Northwest Ordinance
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The American Revolution was over. The colonists had won! There was a new country called the United States of America.
 
2     This happened on the East Coast in the late 1700s, but what about the rest of the huge area of land that makes up the United States today? How did all of that land become states of the United States?
 
3     The Northwest Ordinance had a lot to do with it. The Northwest Ordinance was a law passed by Congress that set out rules for a section of the future United States called the Northwest Territory.
 
4     The Northwest Territory is the land west of Pennsylvania, north of the Ohio River, and East of the Mississippi River. On the north it is bordered by the Great Lakes and Canada.

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