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Social Studies

Abraham Lincoln and the "New Birth of Freedom"

Abraham Lincoln's national agenda in 1860 was about saving the Union until, with the Gettysburg Address, he signaled a broadening of his original agenda to establishing a "new birth of freedom" in the United States.
Edward Simmons
628 total reviews for this teacher
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55 minutes
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year olds
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Class Experience

1. Understand the historical context of the Gettysburg Address as part of a new political direction and how that differed from earlier political philosophies.
2. Understand the meaning of the speech and why it was given at Gettysburg.
3. Understand the Republican agenda that was expressed in the speech and how it was implemented during and immediately after the civil war.
4. Understand the values and example of Lincoln that changed American history and continue to inspire the world today.
Teacher is a Ph.D. in history with decades of experience teaching college survey courses. He is also a grader of essay portions of the Advanced Placement test for U.S. History for the Educational Testing Service. 
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A one-page handout will include the Gettysburg Address in 3 paragraphs and annotated with important questions to ask about each paragraph.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Two short YouTube recitations of the Gettysburg Address will be shown by screen share. Students will also be encouraged to use the National Parks Service websites for the Gettysburg National Park and the Vicksburg National Military Park, parts of which will be shown by screen share. None of these sites requires establishing an account and providing personal information in order to access the recommended resources.


Edward Simmons
Lives in the United States
The Teaching Grandpa
628 total reviews
794 completed classes

About Me

I am a Vanderbilt Ph.D. who has spent a lifetime learning and teaching world history, especially in connection with science, archaeology, Bible studies, and philosophy. Being drafted (Vietnam period) just as I started my college teaching career... 
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