On Nov. 19, 1863, Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery at Gettysburg. His speech lasted just two minutes but has been remembered as one of the most influential speeches in U.S. history.
It’s a short speech, so we’ll read it together. As we do so, look for . . .
How does Whitman’s sense of the war’s meaning similar and differ from that of Lincoln?
Cast of Characters Individual Writing #4
Left: border states that seceded (in green) and remained in the union (in yellow). Right: complicated legal effects of the Emancipation Proclamation. Click on map to right to expand.
Step 1: Document analysis
Working with 1-2 partner(s), write brief notes to address the questions on the front of the “Who freed the slaves?” handout on the basis of your analysis of:
We will debrief some of these questions together as a class.
Step 2: Weigh the evidence
Drawing from the documents and your reading in Foner, continue working with your partner(s) to complete the chart entitled “Weigh the evidence.”
Step 3: Debrief
Left: First photographic portrait of Abraham Lincoln as president, 1861; Right: Alexander Stephens, photo undated. Both from Wikimedia Commons.
Review the “Pre-1861” and “1861” sections of the companion timeline for Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary series: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/civil-war/war/timeline/
Based on this timeline (along with input from our previous class readings and discussion) write 1-2 sentences to summarize the cause of the Civil War using a multicausal statement.
Writing multicausal statements:
Lincoln and Stephens:
This activity is not intended to be structured as a debate. Instead, we will focus on asking good questions and collaboratively analyzing the text.
First, we will break up into two groups, with each group responsible for one of the two readings. You will have several minutes to consider the prepared questions below and think about other possible themes that came up for you in your reading.
Prepared questions for Lincoln’s First Inaugural:
Prepared questions for Stephens’ Cornerstone Address:
Next, each group will take turns posing questions—and then listening carefully—to the other group. The group not in the spotlight should begin with the prepared questions (above), though is encouraged to add elaborating questions or any other questions you might like to ask.
Finally, we will debrief together as a class.
Debrief on the Cemetery Project.
Anticipate our next unit:
Major understandings for unit 4:
The first of these major understandings, which we will discuss in greater depth tomorrow, has to do with slavery.
Briefly explain “Cast of Characters” assessment for this unit (5 minutes)
Homework: Assignment #401