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Did Abraham Lincoln really go to war with the confederate states to end slavery, or were there other factors that complicated his motives? Was he an abolitionist on moral or practical grounds? Was he a total hypocrite?
Your students will love debating Lincoln's true motives!
With this primary source set, your middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8) students can explore these historical tensions through an exploration of primary sources. All primary sources in this file are adapted and excerpted to support for middle school or lower high school readers. This text set can be used as the foundation for debate, argument essay, persuasive writing, historical analysis, document-based questions (DBQs), and whole-class or small-group discussion.
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