"Signing of the Declaration of Independence"
Painting by John Trumbull
Before we consider what President
Lincoln thought about the first man that was
President, George Washington, we will consider "all"
the original Founding Fathers of our country.
Answer these Challenge Questions to learn
just who the Founding Fathers were:
USE THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES WEBSITE TO VIEW ACTUAL
1. Name the main original Founding Fathers of the
2. Why are these men called our "Founding
Fathers?" What did they do of great importance in
founding our country?
3. What great American documents were written by
the Founding Fathers?
Abraham Lincoln and Leadership of our
4. His childhood and learning & Leadership
centering on "rights of the individual"
5. (Click Here scroll to the bottom of the site for
reference links) and read the Declaration of
Independence and the Gettysburg Address.
Answer these Challenge Questions about these
documents. One was written and signed by the
Founding Fathers in 1776. The other was given as a
speech and written by President Lincoln.
6. The second paragraph of the Declaration talks
about "people or men." This paragraph, in
particular describes how our people of the future
United States of America were to be treated. Tell
in your own words what this second paragraph means.
How has our country done in it's history, in making
these ideas work?
7. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address has ten sentences.
For the "Founding Father's" section of our activity,
re-read first of all, the first sentence. How old
was our country when Lincoln gave this speech? He
mentions our fathers. Who were these men? What big
idea did these men have that related to the great
Civil War ongoing during the time of the Gettysburg
Military Cemetery dedication? What was the war
doing to the nation?
8. Now re-read the last (long) paragraph. Why did
Lincoln ask that the nation need a new birth of
freedom? What was the big problem with our
country, besides the horrible on-going war? With
this last long sentence what has he now switched the
purpose of the war (from preserving the unity of the
nation) to what?
Personal Opinion Opportunity:
9. Lincoln made several people angry with the way
he handled the Civil War: taking away personal
rights for security reasons, sometimes ha
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