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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order

Indicator 2. Explain how the United States government protected or failed to protect the rights of individuals and groups

Objective a. Describe significance and effects of the Emancipation Proclamation

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Web page of the University of Maryland’s Freedom and Southern Society Project. Site contains an extensive collection of primary source documents and general information about emancipation.
National Archives “Teaching with Documents” Web page devoted to the Emancipation Proclamation
Guide to the Emancipation Proclamation, from “Our” Site features a transcript of the document.
American Memory’s “Special Presentation” Web page devoted to the Emancipation Proclamation. Site contains background information about President Lincoln’s actions leading to issuing the Proclamation
Scholarly article on the Emancipation Proclamation, written by historian Harold Holzer and hosted on the Web page of the New York State Library. Article traces and explains historical debates about the significance of the Emancipation
Comprehensive lesson plan on the Emancipation Proclamation, including an activity that examines the African American perspective, from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Edsitement” Web page. Lesson features many primary source documents
Brief film clip summarizing Lincoln’s emancipation strategy, from National Geographic
“The Pressure for Emancipation.” 7-minute film clip describing the pressure Lincoln received from abolitionists in the months leading to issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, from the Gilder Lehrman Institute
Library of Congress - Emancipation Proclamation
Library of Congress links to several primary sources illustrating reactions to the Emancipation Proclamation, from a variety of perspectives
December, 1862 Harper’s Weekly cartoon responding to Emancipation Proclamation. Cartoon criticizes Lincoln’s emancipation policies as being too gradual. Web site links to other Civil War resources related to the topic of emancipation.
Hour-long discussion on responses to the Emancipation Proclamation, televised on C-Span and sponsored by the New York Historical Society. Includes performance by interpreter portraying President Lincoln.
A detailed account of events surrounding Lincoln’s official signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, written by historian John Hope Franklin
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