Instructional Video

Mary Todd Lincoln- Mini Biography

Discover the interesting history of Mary Todd Lincoln, a woman of Southern aristocracy who, as wife of president Abraham Lincoln, dealt with great endeavors as first lady of the United States of America during the Civil War.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • As an extension activity, have class members research the influence of first ladies on early American presidents, using diary entries and other primary source materials as references
Classroom Considerations
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  • Learners should have an understanding of the progression of events during the Civil War, including the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, prior to beginning this video
  • Includes interview excerpts with historians who offer variety of perspectives on Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Incorporates primary source images to illustrate content
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