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.
[Lesson Plan updated on 9/23/14.]

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


Thank you Stanford University. We are grateful for the work you've done for our students in San Diego, California! I really enjoy working with the kids and watching their faces when they think about the concepts being taught! Thank you!
This lesson is popular with my students year after year. My more outgoing students love taking a position and defending it. My more reserved students love that the structure allows them to express ideas without fear of being drowned out by their louder classmates.
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.
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