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This unit explores the political thought of Abraham Lincoln on the subject of American union. For him, the union was not just a structure to govern the national interests of American states; it also represented a consensus about the future of freedom in America—a future where slavery would eventually be eliminated and liberty protected as the birthright of every human being. Students will examine Lincoln's three most famous speeches—the Gettysburg Address and the First and Second Inaugural Addresses—in addition to a little known fragment on the Constitution, union, and liberty to see what they say regarding the significance of union to the prospects for American self-government.Upon completing this unit, students should have a better understanding of why Lincoln revered the union of the American states as "the last best, hope of earth."

Subjects:

  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Abraham Lincoln Civil War Gettysburg Address Emancipation proclamation

Language:

English

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Update Standards?

SOC.9-10.16.A.4a: Social Science

Analyze and report historical events to determine cause-and-effect relationships.

SOC.9-10.16.D.4a US: Social Science

Describe the immediate and long-range social impacts of slavery.

SOC.9-10.16.D.4b US: Social Science

Describe unintended social consequences of political events in United States history (e.g., Civil War/emancipation, National Defense Highway Act/decline of inner cities, Vietnam War/anti-government activity).
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