Presidential Visions: Lincoln vs. Davis


US History The Civil War Presidential Visions: Lincoln vs Davis
Students learn about the inaugural addresses of Lincoln and Davis delivered just before the start of the Civil War. Then, they learn about the Gettysburg Address and the second inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln. Finally, students rewrite for a younger audience one of the speeches discussed in this experience.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn about the inaugural addresses of Lincoln and Davis delivered just before the start of the Civil War. Then, they learn about the Gettysburg Address and the second inaugural address of Abraham Lincoln. Finally, students rewrite for a younger audience one of the speeches discussed in this experience.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 to scene 4.

Objectives:

  • Analyze Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses.
  • Explain the Gettysburg Address.
  • Describe the ideas contained in Davis’s inaugural address.


The election of 1860 determined that Abraham Lincoln would become president. With this news, southern states began to secede from the Union and together they formed the Confederate States of America. The Confederacy elected Jefferson Davis as its new president and proceeded with a plan to create a governing body separate from the North.​

Objectives:

  • Analyze Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses.
  • Explain the Gettysburg Address.
  • Describe the ideas contained in Davis’s inaugural address.




Lincoln and Davis fight over a map of the United States


Both Lincoln and Davis delivered inaugural speeches that addressed the conditions of a country on the brink of war.


Imagine that you are elected president during this troubled period leading up to the Civil War. What might you say in your inaugural speech?

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Discuss with students some of their responses. Explain that in this experience students will be learning about a number of different speeches given by both Davis and Lincoln.


Divide students into their small groups for the next three scenes. When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.


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