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.