Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Resources for teaching about the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order that freed slaves in the Confederate states. The proclamation ultimately paved the way for the abolishment of slavery in America. Lincoln’s action also changed the direction of the Civil War by making abolition an explicit goal of the Union, or the North.
The Emancipation Proclamation Resources
America marks the Emancipation Proclamation's 150th anniversary. By Laura Leigh Davidson for Scholastic News Online.
Peruse a copy of the original Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives and Records Administration.
The Library of Congress has gathered together the papers of Abraham Lincoln, including the first printed edition of the Emancipation Proclamation and the first draft copy. A timeline of the Civil War is also included.
This 15-question quiz will challenge students to show how much they know about this pivotal moment in U.S. history. From the Civil War Trust website.
This lesson and its activities will guide high school students in answering the questions of why President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and what its impact was on the Civil War. From the the EDSITEment! website.
Books About the Emancipation Proclamation
This book examines the events leading up to President Abraham Lincoln's decision to write the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery, including the beginning of the Civil War.
This book describes the issues created by the Emancipation Proclamation and the reasons why Abraham Lincoln crafted the proclamation.
Civil War Resources
Learn about the political climates, laws, and wars that were prevalent in American history from the 1850s to the 1960s from this Grolier Online Encyclopedia article.
This online learning activity offers students a detailed look at how the Civil War of the 1860s impacted, and divided, America.
Eighty-five years after the United States declared its independence, the country was at war again. Learn about the American Civil War in this Grolier Online Encyclopedia article.
An interactive map the shows the differences between the two sides that fought in the Civil War.
The Civil War Trust has gathered together primary documents from the Civil War period, including addresses, speeches, personal correspondence, and maps.
Profiles #1: The Civil War provides an opportunity to teach students how to explain the relationship or interactions between individuals and historical events. Activities engage students in viewing animated battles of the war, taking a journey on the Underground Railroad, and doing a close reading of the Gettysburg Address.
Abraham Lincoln Resources
Teach students about one of the most famous presidents with lesson plans, quick activities, book resources, and more.
Use these books to help you teach about the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.