Have you ever taught the Civil War and thought, "What is something that I can use to talk about the OTHER president, Jefferson Davis?" Here is your answer! This file contains the farewell address of then Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi to the US Senate in January of 1861, just weeks before he is chosen to be the President of the Confederacy. In this letter, he outlines his argument for the legality and constitutionality of secession, slavery, and other things. After reading this speech, students will answer questions by using examples from the text. Then they will find the meaning of each paragraph and summarize each with key words. You can do the regular questions or the graphic organizers by themselves, or do them together! This is a great resource for students to analyze the address and hear from one that is often not heard from when we teach the Civil War. You might not agree with the message, but expose your students to the views of the other side so they will be young, objective historians.
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