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Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

The Emancipation Proclamation

Grades 9-12

Assess how the Emancipation Proclamation expanded ideas of freedom and liberty, looking at the antislavery debate that led to the proclamation, the influences on Lincoln's decision, and the provisions of the document. In this interactive lesson from WGBH, students develop a written argument in response to the question “In what ways did the Emancipation Proclamation expand ideas of freedom and liberty in America?” They gather evidence from videos featuring historian Ben Weber and from primary source documents, images, and artifacts. This resource is part of the Writing in U.S. History collection, the Calderwood Writing Course: U.S. History

Earlier Event: December 26
Start of Kwanzaa
Later Event: January 1
National Mentoring Month