Posts tagged “LINCOLN

Writing contest for Mr. Macnamara’s Class 5/24

 We are discussing our writing contest today and formulating questions for our contest. I would like us to brainstorm and come up with at least two questions that writers could answer. They should be opinion questions with some depth to them. Submit your questions for evaluation ( by the class) on paper and blog them hear as well.

Here are some resources you can read over to formulate your question.

How did the death of Lincoln impact the United States after the end of the civil war in terms of civil rights for African Americans?

Lincoln’s Assasination 146 years ago today

Why Did John Wilkes Boot Want to assassinate Lincoln?

Lincoln assassination Source 2

Great Link on how write an opinion or argument essay

Read The Article on John Wilkes Booth and answer the questions

  • Born: 10 May 1838
  • Birthplace: Bel Air, Maryland
  • Died: 26 April 1865 (shot to death)
  • Best Known As: The man who shot Abraham Lincoln

John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865. During a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., Booth snuck into the presidential box and shot Lincoln behind the left ear. Booth leapt down to the stage (breaking the fibula bone in his left leg as he landed) and shouted “Sic semper tyrannis!” (In Latin, “Thus ever to tyrants.”) He escaped with an accomplice and eluded pursuers for 12 days before being cornered in a tobacco shed in Virginia. The shed was set on fire, and in the ensuing confusion Booth was shot by a Union soldier, Sgt. Boston Corbett. Booth was dragged from the shed alive, but died a few hours later.

Booth was part of a conspiracy; while he shot Lincoln, others were supposed to attack vice-president Andrew Johnson and Secretary of War William Seward. Seward was stabbed but survived; Johnson was never attacked, and became president upon Lincoln’s death. Four of Booth’s co-conspirators were hung on 7 July 1865… Booth was a well-known actor and had appeared on the Ford’s Theater stage many times; Lincoln had actually seen him there in an 1863 performance of The Marble Heart… Booth’s father, Junius Brutus Booth, Sr., was an even more famous actor… Booth shot Lincoln five days after the Civil War ended with the surrender of Confederate general Robert E. Lee to the Union’s Ulysses Grant at Appomatox on 9 April 1865


1 What did John Wilkes do for a living?

2. What year was he born?

3.Who did John Wilkes Booth Kill and shoot?

4. Why did John Wilkes Booth want to kill Lincoln?

5 Who else was supposed to be killed at the same time as Lincoln?

6. What was the name of the theatre that Booth killed Lincoln in?

7. What was the name of the Play?

8. On what side of his head did Booth shoot Lincoln?

9. What happened to booth right after shooting Lincoln?

10. How many days did Booth elude ( avoid) capture?

11. What does the word conspiracy mean?

12. How did Booth die?

Hit the comment button and answer these 12 questions.

Prizes will be given for those who score 100 and answer in the proper format.


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Emancipation Proclamation and it’s Influence on the Civil War!

Click Here to Listen to a Screen Cast of this blog Post!

emancipation-proclamation-1Our Goal for today is to get an understanding of the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation in the North Winning the Civil War.

As we continue writing our script on Lincoln lets consider the following points:

    • The North entered the Civil War to reunite the nation not to end slavery.slide0011
    • Lincoln was torn between his view that slavery was wrong and the fact that four slave-owning border states–Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri–would secede if he adopted a policy against slavery. Putting the Capital city in great danger
    • Lincoln issued an earlier proclamation stating that, if the rebelling states didn’t return to the Union by January 1, 1863, their slaves would be “forever free.” The states didn’t return, so Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that same day
    • As Lincoln had hoped, the Emancipation Proclamation strengthened the North’s war effort as many slaves fled the South and joined the Army and Navy from the North. About 200,000 .
    • Remember There had been amazing amounts of Death and suffering on both sides in the battles of the Civil War, by 1863 people needed a reason to fight, and a reunited the Union was not a big enough reason to keep on dying, ending the evils of slavery however was a good reason for the North to go on fighting.

Perhaps the turning point in the Civil War is when Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation into there by freeing all the slaves.

Lets Read this document and then blog and tell me what you think was it’s importance in winning the Civil War.
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Washington, D.C.
January 1, 1863
President Lincoln read the first draft of this document to his Cabinet members on July 22, 1862. After some changes, he issued the preliminary version on September 22, which specified that the final document would take effect January 1, 1863. Slaves in Confederate states which were not back in the Union by then would be free, but slaves in the Border States were not affected.

The most controversial document in Lincoln’s presidency, its signing met with both hostility and jubilation in the North. After the preliminary version was made public, Lincoln noted, “It is six days old, and while commendation in newspapers and by distinguished individuals is all that a vain man could wish, the stocks have declined, and troops come forward more slowly than ever. This, looked soberly in the face, is not very satisfactory.” However, on the day he approved the final version, Lincoln remarked, “I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper.”

By the President of the United States of America:

A Proclamation.

Whereas, on the twenty second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

“That the Executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof, respectively, shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State, and the people thereof, are not then in rebellion against the United States.”

Now, therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as Commander-in-Chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States, and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of one hundred days, from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit:

Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Johns, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South-Carolina, North-Carolina, and Virginia, (except the fortyeight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth-City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)], and which excepted parts, are for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.

And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.
By the President: ABRAHAM LINCOLN
WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.

Lincoln script continued Ms. Dickerson

*At one time there were slaves in all the states, but gradually slavery was outlawed in the north.
The time had come to outlaw it in the whole country.

On stage comes Mr. Lincoln, a tall, very strong, brilliant man, who at his core knew slavery was wrong, and knew that the United States survival was based on Thomas Jefferson’s word “That all men are created equal” and that it was time for the United states to live up to these words.
Abolitionists had been fighting for years to end slavery. But in 1860 the time had come. Lincoln the republican candidate for president  beat the pro-slavery candidate Stephen Douglas.
The Republican parties main platform was to end slavery. Now we had our first republican president. Now the real trouble started.
When Lincoln won the presidency the southern states were afraid he would try to end slavery. So they decided to leave the United states.
At first Seven states declared their secession before Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861: These states decided to start their own country, called the Confederate States of America

1. South Carolina (December 20, 1860)[4]
2. Mississippi (January 9, 1861)[5]
3. Florida (January 10, 1861)[6]
4. Alabama (January 11, 1861)[7]
5. Georgia (January 19, 1861)[8]
6. Louisiana (January 26, 1861)[9]
7. Texas (February 1, 1861)[10]
7.  (February 1, 1861)[10]

After the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and Lincoln’s subsequent call for troops on April 15, four more states declared their secession:[11]

1. Virginia (April 17, 1861; ratified by voters May 23, 1861)[12]
2. Arkansas (May 6, 1861)[13]
3. Tennessee (May 7, 1861; ratified by voters June 8, 1861)[14][15]
4. North Carolina (May 20, 1861)[16]
Now we were really a country divided. And at war the Civil War!
The civil war was the bloodiest war the United States has ever fought. A war where American fought against American. The north against the south.
Mr. Lincoln started his presidency with a major war and a country split in two.

Lincoln Script by Dickerson

“I think Slavery is wrong, morally, and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.”
–Abraham Lincoln1859

This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
–April 6, 1859 Letter to Henry Pierce
On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that “all men are created equal” a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim “a self evident lie.”
Lincoln Words. This year 2009 Abe Lincoln is or would be 200 years old.  Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln
Seems like a good time to learn more about him.
To understand Abraham Lincoln you have to understand the times he comes from. The united states was growing westward and half of the county the south had legalized slavery the north states including California and Oregon did not.
To understand Lincoln you have to understand that in 1861 The united states was a country divided, The south was a farming agricultural land, that needed slave labor to survive.  The north was fast becoming the maunufacturing capital of the world and did not need slaves but need workers to grow and reach it’s potential. The United states was  a country Divided by how they made their living and divided on the issue of slavery.
Slavery with it basis in evil was the ability of one man to own another, the way you own a car,  to treat the slave as it wanted, to make money from the slaves labor, to deny the person the most basic freedoms, had existed in the Americas since the British settled here. Slaves were brought from Africa to be owned  and used at their masters will.