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This lesson is designed to help students understand the start of the Civil War and the difficult decisions that Lincoln faced and had to make at Ft. Sumter. Students will be asked to analyze the situation unfolding at the time as if they were Lincoln and then will have to utilize Lincoln's inaugural address to come to a determination regarding how Lincoln responded. This should lead students to an indepth analysis of Lincoln's inaugural as well as a detailed and in depth class discussion.
I have provided Lincoln's inaugural with guided questions in the attachment. This lesson was used in conjunction with my Lead Up To Conflict - The Civil War Attachment, but can easily be used independently of it.