Abraham Lincoln and Wartime Politics

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Americans today lionize Abraham Lincoln, but he was controversial during his presidency for suspending cherished rights and leading the country during a controversial war. Using primary sources such as campaign materials, young scholars debate the 1864 election from the perspective of Lincoln and his challenger. A second activity examines Lincoln's policies during his presidency. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Debate the 1864 election from the perspectives of the candidates
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners need access to the Internet for the research component of activities
  • Final in a three-part series on the Civil War
  • Activities are engaging and require application and analysis
  • Resource strikes a balance between independent learning and teacher direction
  • None