Read the "open letters" discussing the issue of slavery between Horace Greeley and President Abraham Lincoln.
SUMMARY: In this activity, students will analyze an exchange of published letters between abolitionist and editor Horace Greeley and President Lincoln over the issue of slavery. The president writes of balancing the goals of preserving the Union and ending slavery.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school
TIME: 30-60 minutes
MATERIALS: Lincoln-Greeley newspaper images, Lincoln-Greeley Letter Analysis Worksheet (download), Lincoln-Greeley Lesson with additional background information (download, optional), The Emancipation Proclamation Announcement (optional), Article on the Passage of the 13th Amendment (optional)
- Print copies of the worksheet, one for each student or small group.
- Project the Lincoln-Greeley newspaper images on the board or share the lesson link for students at individual computers.