The Dictatorship of Abraham Lincoln, a true story, tells the story of Lincoln’s first months as the 16th President of the United States. This historical story will give your students an idea of the magnitude of the problems President Lincoln faced and dealt with at the time. The story presents how the Civil War was waged from a legal standpoint, and the problems our laws presented to the President. For four months, from March 4 until July 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln put the entire responsibility for running and protecting the country on his shoulders. He, alone, made all decisions. In the process, he broke about every law imaginable. Because of his actions, some historians refer to this period as “The Dictatorship of Abraham Lincoln.”
Would you think that this story is meant to be critical of Abraham Lincoln? It’s quite the contrary! Then, why was he called a dictator? Would you consider this to be a slap to the reputation of our 16th President of the United States?
This narrative can be read by a student(s) or the teacher, and followed by an exciting discussion or debate. Included in this activity packet are suggested items to enhance the study of this era:
• Civil War Generals both Confederate Generals and Union Generals (handout)
• North vs. South Statistics (handout)
• Suggested Activities (timeline and reports) to reinforce student learning
• Timeline Answer Key
Who could ask for more? Get started TODAY! Your students will enjoy this creative, exciting, fun, meaningful, challenging, and relevant instructional tool. Incorporate these new thought-provoking instructional ideas and strategies in your teaching repertoire.
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Battles of Gettysburg & Vicksburg – A Living History Role Play
The Shot That Missed Abraham Lincoln, a True Story
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