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Gettysburg Address Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plans:

Myth and Truth of the Gettysburg Address - Did Abraham Lincoln write the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope on the train ride from D. C. to Gettysburg? Was the crowd disappointed with his short speech? Did he consider the speech a failiure?

Drafting the Gettysburg Address - Students compare and contrast Abraham Lincoln's drafts and final version of the Gettysburg Address in cooperative groups.

The Commemoration of the Gettysburg Battlefield: The Gettysburg Address - will analyze multiple primary sources that provide historical context to the Gettysburg Address in order to understand the significance of Lincoln's famous speech.


Primary Source Documents:

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - the most famous speech of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted famous speeches in United States history. It was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Pictures of the Battle of Gettysburg - Photographs from one of the Civil War's bloodiest battles.

Only Known Photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg - These modern prints showing the crowd around the platform at Gettysburg and a detail from that picture of President Lincoln on the platform were made from the original glass plate negative at the National Archives.

Alice Williamson Diary, 1864 - Diary of a 16 year old rebel girl living in Gallatin, Tennessee during Union occupation of the area. Transcription and scanned image of original document held by the Special Collections Library at Duke University

The Library of Congress Civil War Web Site - Collection of Civil War photographs, contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.

 

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