Learning Lincoln On-line
FROM-- SET SEVEN, CIVIL WAR STUDIES
TOPIC SIXTY-NINE: LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS DEEPER MEANINGS ACTIVITY
This component of the learning experience will have two possible activities to allow for further study, independent browsing into the Library of Congress collections, and other resources.
Experience #1: The Deeper Meaning and Analysis of LOC Images
Browse the Library of Congress Collections, other web sources, or books to determine the importance of these images as related to slavery, Civil War government at Washington, Black Americans in the Civil War. Write a short essay about your thoughts, or create a poster illustrating what the image means.
Experience #2: Illinois during the time of Slavery
Research to find the answers to these questions:
a. What did Illinois government do in its first years to deal with slavery?
b. Who was Illinois' first governor, and what did he establish in his term as governor?
c. In 1819, Illinois government passed a set of Black Codes to deal with African-Americans, particularly run-away slaves. Read the text of this set of codes and summarize the parts of it that seem unfair or cruel in today's standards.
d. One area of Illinois was allowed to have slaves. What was the area? Read Section 20 of the Black Code for the answer
e. Why did did this geographical area of Illinois "need" slaves? What was produced in this area needing slave labor?
f. Was Illinois a safe-haven for runaway slaves? Read Section 22 to hear of how a slave owner in Illinois had to allow his "contracted" black person to go to the courthouse to register. If "of age" he could be set free. What would happen to the slave before he went to the courthouse? Click Here and find section 22.
g. Why did rural Illinois people not want escaping run-away slaves settling in their neighborhoods?
h. How did the Fugitive Slave Law effect African-Americans in Illinois?
i. When did these codes of law get repealed? Who was most responsible for getting this code repealed? Click Here
j. What did U.S. Senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln say about "equality of blacks" in his 4th debate at Charleston, 1858?
Lincoln and the Abolitionists Drama and Frederick Douglass Activity Parts
Lincoln and Slavery Activity Sites
Go also to Lincoln and the Abolitionist Drama Presentation for more to do