This lesson asks students to examine the ideological arguments over three contentious issues that divided Americans before the Civil War: slavery, equality, and states rights. In the process of studying how the arguments changed over time, students will gain an understanding of the importance of Abraham Lincoln's presidency in the history of American political thought.
Teachers who purchase this lesson will receive a lesson plan, documents for analysis, a chart for comparing and contrasting ideas over time, lecture notes, and a Power Point presentation. Teachers are offered a choice of two Big Picture Questions that lead to a writing assignment that brings closure to the lesson. The lesson can be completed in two 90-minute classes, although much of the work can be assigned as homework.
A New Birth of Freedom
by James L. Smith
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