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Topic Eighteen: The Lincolns in Washington D.C. & Washington D.C. During the Civil War & General Chronology
PICTURE PUZZLE QUESTION & ANSWERS
THE NARRATIVE QUESTIONS WITH INFORMATION LINKS
#1 Abraham Lincoln served as a U.S. Congressman for one term. He and his family moved to Washington during these two years. During that term important political issues arose. Answer these questions: Why did Lincoln and his supporters want to abolish slavery in Washington, D.C.? Why didn't they call for the abolition of slavery in other states? Another issue was the start of the Mexican War. Lincoln made a "spot resolution" to determine the legality of the war. Go to the Library of Congress and read the article. Look at the LOC description of the "spot resolution," and describe what the main goal of the resolution. Click Here for your information. To read about the "spot resolution," Click Here
3. Why was Washington D.C. considered a southern city? Describe the geography of the city and our nation's capitol. Go to Washington.org to find your answers.
5. The Lincoln boys liked to play in the unfinished attic of the White House. Describe how they played up there. Go to MrLincolnsWhitehouse.org site to read about the attic.
Where did the President, himself, escape to for quiet
and solace, to be able to think about the commands and
events he would have to give and decide upon?
Bernard tells of this at: Click Here
11. What was life in the city like during the Civil War? Why was it described at detestable? Go to Wikipedia to find out what the city was like.
12. When did actual combat from the war nearly enter into Washington--In fact, Lee came close to challenging, if not capturing, Washington’s defenses — both the field army and the field fortifications — after the Battle of Second Manassas. Describe the events of that battle and near take-over. How was Fort Stevens involved? Go to CivilWar.org for the answers.
14. Washington D.C. allowed slavery for a time. When was slavery abolished in the capitol? What was the The DC Compensated Emancipation Act? What did it mean to slave owners in the city? Go to DC.gov to get the answers.
15. Washington D.C., during the Civil War was perhaps the most protected city in the world. What did the U.S. Army do to protect the "southern" city? Go to the NPS for answers.
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President Lincoln at Fort Stevens, Washington D.C.