Lesson Plan: Lincoln on the American Union

ByTAH Staff
On July 10, 2012
Last portrait photo taken of Lincoln
“The latest photograph of President Lincoln – taken on the balcony at the White House, March 6, 1865,” Henry F. Warren. Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-19192.

This lesson was created by Professor Lucas Morel and Teacher Constance Murray, and explores the political thought of Abraham Lincoln on the subject of American union. Students will examine Lincoln’s three most famous speeches—the Gettysburg Address and the First and Second Inaugural Addresses—in addition to a little known fragment on the Constitution, union, and liberty to see what they say regarding the significance of union to the prospects for American self-government. Upon completion, students should have a better understanding of why Lincoln revered the union of the American states as “the last best, hope of earth.”

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