Friday, January 22, 2016

Abraham Lincoln: His Pre-Presidential Years

I just found this terrific set of materials on Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861) curated by Northern Illinois University's library.  It's called Lincoln/Net.
The site has information on Lincoln and the Black Hawk and Mexican-American Wars, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, and a really cool feature on campaigning generally during the antebellum era.  It also has a long list of videos you could show your students, with lectures from scholars like Eric Foner and Edward Ayers.

Maybe the best feature on the site is its list of 15 lesson plans.  They relate specifically to Abraham Lincoln (like the two lessons on the Lincoln-Douglas debates) as well as topics about the antebellum era (like the ones on Cherokee Removal and the Dred Scott decision).

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