History 8-2, Assignment Ten, Lincoln and Reconstruction


Assignment Ten
Lincoln and Reconstruction

Deadline, May 21, 80 points

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How did Abraham Lincoln shape the nation?

In what ways did his death affect the rebuilding of America?

What were the Reconstruction Amendments



Lincoln in Frame

Abraham Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

Lincoln's Cabinet

Lincoln's Cabinet

John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth

Surratt Execution

The execution of the conspirators




Historians have long argued about the legacy of Lincoln, but one one point there is little disagreement. With he possible exception of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln shaped the history of America as no other president.

His history is complex. The way his life was presented to the American people was a carefully sculpted view highly influenced by his own choices. He knew how to use the media of newspapers and photography better than any prior president. His decisions about how to hold the Union together during the Civil War are still with us today. He wanted to keep the nation together at all costs. The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment created permanent statements about abolishing slavery that are still with us today. He was the first president to be assassinated. His early death changed the way America rebulit itself after the horror of the Civil War. All of these things are true, and yet they do not fully capture the influence of Lincoln.


For this assignment you will complete a simple assignment outlining four parts of the Lincoln presidency and the Reconstruction Amendments.

You will receive a hard copy of the assignment in class, and you will handwrite the answers on it.





Special instructions

  • TBA



If you're interested, you might do some exploring.





Printed files

Click here to view a copy of the printed assignment.


Online files

Click here to access the Miller Center index about the life and influence of Lincoln.

Click here to access a brief account of Lincoln's assassination.

Click here for a brief explanation of the Reconstruction Amendments.

For a brief understanding of reconstruction, click here.

Here is a great collection of sites administered by the National Park Service and related to Lincoln's life.

Click here to open Chapter 23 of the online textbook.

Click here to view the Reconstruction Supplement. Note >> This will be a big help with the vocabulary.

Click here to view the PowerPoint about Lincoln's early life.

Click here to access the PowerPoint file about Reconstruction we used in class.

For information about desertion, click here.