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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 c. Examine the use of Presidential power in Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeas corpus

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Ex Parte Merryman and Debates on Civil Liberties During the Civil War.” An outstanding account Ex parte Merryman, and Lincoln’s decision to suspend habeas corpus, by the Federal Judicial Center
Primary source-based lesson plan on Lincoln’s action, from the Federal Judicial Center
Chief Justice Roger Taney’s opinion in Ex parte Merryman, which declared Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus unconstitutional
Full text of Lincoln’s July 4, 1861 address to a special session of Congress. Speech contains Lincoln’s defense of actions taken to suspend habeas corpus
Full text of Lincoln’s 1862 order to suspend habeas corpus
Detailed analysis of Lincoln’s decision to suspend habeas corpus, from U.S. News and World Report
Law Day Lesson: Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus
Law Day lesson plan on Lincoln’s action. Lesson structures a “fishbowl” conversation on the suspension of habeas corpus.
Lesson plan on Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus, from the Constitutional Rights Foundation
“Abraham Lincoln and Wartime Politics” lesson plan, from the National Endowment for the Humanities
A teachers’ guide to Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus, from the Library of Congress
Site contains Lincoln-related political cartoons, including several dealing with the suspension of habeas corpus
An interactive simulation that provides students with the opportunity to confront difficult decisions made by President Lincoln. Activity includes coverage of Merryman case. From the National Constitution Center
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