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The American Civil War

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American History: The 1850's Trouble Times - And the Lead Up to the Civil War!

Abraham Lincoln and the "New Birth of Freedom"

Edward Simmons
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(684)
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.

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US Grade 6 - 9
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:
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.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(684)
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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per class
Meets once
55 min

Completed by 16 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
3-6 learners per class

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