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President Abraham Lincoln is usually remembered as a staunch abolitionist who ended slavery. However, historians have debated whether or not Lincoln truly believed in racial equality. In this structured academic controversy, students examine selections from the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Lincoln's letter to a friend, and a contemporaneous, theoretical view of slavery to explore Lincoln’s multifaceted views on race.






Image: 1860 Portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Leopold Grozelier. From the Library of Congress.

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The SAC model drives students to view history not as an argument or a series of right and wrong answers but as an examination of ideas and decisions. Students practice evaluating sources, making inferences, and collaborating in teams.

This is a great, compelling lesson, with lots of good evidence for both sides. Be sure to allow enough time, especially if this is the class´s first SAC- I should have allotted 2 periods.

jjordan81, thanks for the feedback! We think we've fixed the problem. We hope you'll give it another try.

Power Point will not download. Hope it will be fixed soon. Thanks, LTC Jon E. Jordan
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