Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
President Lincoln is often remembered for his actions during the Civil War, particularly in reference to his position on slavery. However, his early presidency was spent learning to cope with a country at war and wrestling with the decision to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. The objective of this lesson is to examine the factors which influenced Lincoln's early days as President.
1. As a class, discuss Abraham Lincoln's election and early days as President. When was Lincoln elected? What position did he hold before becoming the 16th President of the United States and how did that position prepare him to run a country? When violence breaks out in Baltimore, whom does Lincoln turn to for advice and why? What are the roles of the United States Cabinet and what duties does each cabinet member perform?
2. Have each student write an article on how...
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