Decision to Emancipate the Slaves
Students need to consider all points of view when making massive decisions.
Local Standard 2B adopted from common core standards:
Creating active and responsible citizens that identify and analyze public problems; deliberate with other people about how to define and address issues; take constructive, collaborative action; reflect on their actions; create and sustain groups; and influence institutions both large and small.
Students will use websites to find information about each of the following cabinet members in the Lincoln Administration:
Salmon P. Chase
Caleb Blood Smith
Web browsing device
Students will be shown the painting of the “Reading of the Emancipation”
Student groups will be assigned one cabinet member
Students will identify their role by pointing to their character on the projected image
Students will be given 12-15 minutes to do research on their character
Students will be directed to view the secondary source pictures from the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Students will explain to the rest of the class if the picture adequately portrays their character and give a brief description of the character’s view of emancipation.
Other students will take a few notes over the short presentations
Each team will secretly go write a tweet of their recommendation to the president (I am going to allow the students to tweet like a 21st century teenager).
Students will email me their tweet (I will compile them and place them on a document. On the following day, I will project their tweets).
On day two, each team can use their notes and try to match the tweets with the cabinet member who wrote them. It will be a fun quiz for a little extra credit.
After this I will project the picture again and tell the students how the painter placed the cabinet members and Lincoln in their places according to their beliefs about emancipation
A short discussion will follow.
Students will now give me (President Lincoln) their political advice on whether or not I should go forward with Emancipation.
I will place the following 10-point essay on their next test: Was the Emancipation Proclamation a genius political move or an unconstitutional and desperate attempt to save the Union? Explain your answer.