anyone could have imagined. The South lay in ruins as General Robert E. Lee moved the remnants of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to Appomattox. Hopelessly outnumbered and surrounded, Lee would surrender to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. The war would end within about five weeks of Lincoln's speech, and Lincoln would be assassinated less than a week later after that surrender.
After completing this lesson plan, students should be able to understand Abraham Lincoln's views that:
♦ slavery was "somehow the cause of the war;
♦ those who fought against the Union wanted to extend slavery, whereas the U.S. Government wanted only to restrict slavery's "territorial enlargement";
♦ the Civil War was "an offence" against God that resulted in "the scourge of war" in which the North and the South both suffered;
♦ the country needed to "bind up the nation's wounds" and care for those who were suffering to gain "a just and lasting peace."
President Lincoln's First Inaugural Address from Bartleby.com
Print the annotated excerpt of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Speech for use either as:
♦ An in-class handout and discussion,
♦ A homework reading and short-answer writing assignment.
Download the annotated speech and answer key.
Download a Word file of the speech, followed by an answer key to the questions at "President Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address" posted on the public media gallery.
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This post is part of the series: The Speeches of Abraham Lincoln
- Spark Your Students' Enthusiasm With the First Inauguration Speech of Abraham Lincoln
- Lincoln's Second Inauguration Speech: A Lesson Plan for Middle School History