What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set

What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
What did Lincoln really think about slavery? A primary source set
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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.

Most primary sources in this file feature:

  • Word banks for vocabulary support
  • Illustrations for visual contrast (period photographs, artwork)
  • Scaffolded comprehension questions
  • Wide margins for "easy breathing" texts
  • Clear titles and source information for easy citation

Included in this resource:

  • Excerpts from 7 letters from Lincoln on the topic of slavery & the Civil War
  • 3 documents related to the Emancipation Proclamation
  • The 13th amendment
  • 1 map of the Civil War-era United States, with analysis questions
  • Excerpts from Fredrick Douglass on Lincoln's statements about slavery
  • Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
  • Collected quotes about slavery by Lincoln
  • 1 timeline of black solders' involvement in the Civil War
  • 3 posters recruiting black soldiers to fight for the Union
  • And more!

Use these adapted primary sources with:

  • Middle Schoolers studying US History or the Civil War
  • Low-level high schoolers or struggling readers
  • English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Students with IEPs
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20 pages
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