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Beck, Bernard – Multicultural Perspectives, 2013
In this article Abraham Lincoln is considered as an alternative to the usual type of patriot's hero. He reminds us of our great historical failings. He remains a figure of controversy, a national hero in only some corners of society. He is the heroic President who serves as the first compassionate defender of the downtrodden, and he is a hero…
Descriptors: Presidents, Popular Culture, Films, Change Agents
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2014
On Tuesday, November 8, 1864, voters in 25 states--including Kansas, West Virginia, and Nevada for the first time--cast their ballots for president of the United States; voters in the 11 states that had seceded did not participate. Incumbent Abraham Lincoln ran as the Republican nominee (called the National Union Party in the 1864 election), and…
Descriptors: Presidents, Elections, Voting, United States History
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Neumann, Dave – Social Education, 2012
The American public can count on a few things during the presidential election season. First, candidates will take a moral high ground and forswear mudslinging. Before long however, they will proceed to engage in nasty accusations against their opponents. A vibrant democracy ought to welcome carefully thought-out views that, when intentionally…
Descriptors: Slavery, United States History, Democracy, Democratic Values
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Wolfford, David – Social Education, 2013
Steven Spielberg's latest movie "Lincoln" updates Americans' national understanding of their sixteenth president and provides a partial, artful lesson on the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, this movie will become a defining work on President Abraham Lincoln's character and leadership…
Descriptors: Slavery, War, Video Technology, Presidents
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Wilson, Douglas L.; Mailloux, Steven; Johnson, Nan; Stauffer, John; Wolk, Tony; Schilb, John – College English, 2009
2009 is the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Naturally, historians are thrilled. But what about their discipline? Why and how might Lincoln matter to English studies? In this article, the authors reflect on Lincoln and his influence on English studies. They argue that Lincoln has played or can play an important role in the college English…
Descriptors: College English, Historians, English Instruction, Reflection
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Dirck, Brian – Social Education, 2009
Abraham Lincoln was the most experienced trial lawyer Americans have ever placed in the White House. While more than half of the United State's presidents have been attorneys, none possessed Lincoln's extensive courtroom experience: approximately 3,800 known cases, litigated during a quarter century at the Illinois bar. However, the law's…
Descriptors: Presidents, Lawyers, United States History, History Instruction
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Young, Terrell A.; Ward, Barbara A.; Day, Deanna – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2009
Stories about Abraham Lincoln have captivated children for generations. The Lincoln story has taken on almost mythic proportions, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction or exaggeration. Young readers never tire of talking about Lincoln's early days--from his birth in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to his childhood in…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, War, Historians, Presidents
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Colón, Ingrid; Heineke, Amy J. – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2015
In this qualitative case study, we investigate teachers' appropriation of language policy at one urban elementary school in Illinois. Recognizing classroom teachers' central role in the education of English learners, we probe teachers' policy appropriation, or how bilingual educators take state-, district-, and school-level policies and…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English Only Movement, Language Dominance, Language Planning
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Hussey, Michael; Eder, Elizabeth K. – Social Education, 2010
"Mr. President, It is my Desire to be free," wrote Annie Davis to Abraham Lincoln, 20 months after he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation affected only those parts of the country that were in rebellion against the United States on the date it was issued, January 1, 1863. The slaveholding border states of…
Descriptors: United States History, Slavery, Letters (Correspondence), Presidents
Alvy, Harvey; Robbins, Pam – ASCD, 2010
When you think of great leaders, of course Abraham Lincoln would come to mind. But can the life of a great 19th century president really shed light on what 21st century school leaders should do? "Yes," say authors Harvey Alvy and Pam Robbins. Their book explores how Lincoln's ability to persevere and lead despite adversity provides a compelling…
Descriptors: Leadership Qualities, Teacher Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Principals
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Baynton, Douglas C. – Sign Language Studies, 2010
Protestant ministers often construct their sermons around a text from the Bible that they expand upon to make some broader point. In the nineteenth century, public speakers frequently used the same rhetorical formula, taking their text not necessarily from the Bible but from any well-known source. In his famous Cooper Union speech of 1860, Abraham…
Descriptors: Deafness, Presidents, Speeches, World Views
Instructor, 2007
This article presents several winning activities for students in the classroom. These activities include: (1) making Abraham Lincoln costumes; (2) creating frosty scenes from torn-paper collage for a grammar activity; (3) listening to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech; (4) hosting an architectural challenge for a kindergarten class;…
Descriptors: United States History, Kindergarten, Social Studies, Class Activities
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Marcus, Alan S. – Social Education, 2011
In the United States, the right to a fair trial is protected by the Constitution. The ideal of justice is a critical underpinning of the democracy. However, while the United States is a model of an honorable and just court system most of the time, our constitutional rights are occasionally stretched or broken. The rationale is often national…
Descriptors: National Security, Democracy, Courts, War
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Newland, Rebecca – Social Education, 2014
The story of Abraham Lincoln's reaction to meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe is well known. Supposedly, the president greeted the formidable author with, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!" Although the two did meet in November 1862, there is no evidence that Lincoln said anything of the kind.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, Historical Interpretation, Thinking Skills
Lepore, Jill – American Educator, 2011
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used to be both the best-known poet in the English-speaking world and the most beloved, adored by the learned and the lowly alike, read by everyone from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Abraham Lincoln to John Ruskin and Queen Victoria--and, just as avidly, by the queen's servants. "Paul Revere's Ride" is Longfellow's best-known…
Descriptors: Poetry, Poets, United States History, Slavery
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