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ERIC Number: ED460029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Pages: 183
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Lincoln Legal Papers Curriculum: Understanding Illinois Social History through Documents from the Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, 1836-1861.
McBride, Lawrence W., Ed.; Drake, Frederick D., Ed.
This curriculum considers the social history of Illinois during the years of 1836-1861 by studying Abraham Lincoln's legal papers from his time as a lawyer. Nearly 100,000 documents have been discovered in the archives of local, county, state, federal courts, libraries, and other repositories. The documents include detailed information about the daily life of ordinary people in Illinois during the years of Lincoln's legal practice. The curriculum states that using these primary source documents in the study of Illinois history can help teachers and students accomplish three goals: (1) foster the development of history's "habits of mind," which helps students think more critically about the past; (2) learn about the stories of ordinary people operating within the larger contexts of state and national history to illuminate "vital themes and narratives"; and (3) help teachers and students meet the State of Illinois Learning Standards for the Social Sciences. The curriculum is divided into the following sections: "Abraham Lincoln, Attorney at Law"; "The Lincoln Legal Papers Curriculum"; "Key to Transcription Symbols"; "A History Rubric for Performance Assessment"; "Comprehensive Glossary of Terms"; and "Lesson Plans" ("Abraham Lincoln and the Rule of Law"; "Moving People through the Prairie State, 1820-1860"; "Illinois Agriculture and the Marketplace, 1830-1860"; "Material Culture on the Prairie"; "Social Role and Status: Marriage on the Illinois Frontier"; "Canals and Railroads Open Illinois"). (BT)
Papers of Abraham Lincoln, #1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701-1507. Tel: 217-785-9130; Fax: 217-524-6973; e-mail:; For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois