The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1st, 1863. Other than our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, there is no more important primary document in our nation’s history. I hope that the common core activities I’ve prepared will open this document for young people. I’ve provided the full text of the Proclamation, vocabulary building, directed reading, reciprocal teaching questions and a poster assignment to help involve students with this crucial marker of our shared heritage.
I appreciate your interest in our Civil War! Please take a look at my other Civil War primary document units listed here on TPT. They include The Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Pickets - a short story by Robert W. Chambers, At Chancellorsville - a poem by Andrew Hudgins, Glory - a letter from a soldier of the 54th Massachusetts, Herman Melville's "Shiloh", and Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address.