This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss Abraham Lincoln's personal background and why it may have influenced his belief in the free labor theory.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the history of the Whig Party policies and the reason Lincoln advocated for the diversion of federal funds to the state.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Lincoln's decision to support Henry Clay over James K. Polk.

Essay Topic 4

Examine the significance of the beliefs regarding the legitimate object of government.

Essay Topic 5

Examine the impact of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and why Lincoln found an opponent in Stephen Douglas.

Essay Topic 6

Discuss the Supreme Court ruling regarding the Dred Scott case and how it countered the Republican platform.

Essay Topic 7

Examine the significance of the Douglas-Lincoln debate and how Lincoln used these debates to hone his rhetoric against Douglas and the pro-slavery stance.

Essay Topic 8

Discuss how Lincoln's election affected the South's decision to secede.

Essay Topic 9

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