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Lincoln's Suspension of Habeas Corpus During the Civil War

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What is the balance between constitutional rights and security during a war? Young historians debate the question while looking at Lincoln's decision to suspect habeas corpus during the Civil War. After reviewing his order, discussion questions and a writing prompt help them unpack the controversies surrounding this decision. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use document activity to supplement instruction of the Civil War
  • Offer document analysis to stimulate a debate on the balance of individual rights and national security
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members need access to a computer to complete the lesson
Pros
  • Online document is interactive and zeroes in on key phrases
  • Activity is adaptable to a variety of uses to teach about constitutional rights, Lincoln, or the Civil War
Cons
  • None