The Emancipation Proclamation: Liberty, Leadership, Legacy

The Emancipation Proclamation: Liberty, Leadership, Legacy

Emancipation Proclamation:  Liberty, Leadership & Legacy

The struggle for justice and equality

The word of the day is "controversy." Students discuss the issue of slavery in 19th-century America—the most contentious topic of that time. Through surprise visits from historical characters, they learn about the efforts of ordinary citizens to free enslaved ones; and they delve into the inner "controversies" of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to craft the Emancipation Proclamation. Then students weigh in on whether the implied promises of that much-debated document have been fulfilled. 

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Students are encouraged to use tablets, smartphones, ipods or laptops to participate in this lesson. BYOD works with 1:1 devices, computer labs or as few as 4 devices in the classroom.

This program is presented by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Funding provided by the Otto Bremer Foundation.

History Live

Grades 7-12
Length of time: 
50 minutes
Cost: 
$75/program for schools in Minnesota
$120/program for schools outside of Minnesota