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Emancipation Proclamation: Liberty, Leadership & Legacy

from History Live

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The word of the day is "controversy." Students discuss the issue of slavery in 19th-century America—the most contentious topic of that time. Through surprise visits from historical characters, they learn about the efforts of ordinary citizens to free enslaved ones; and they delve into the inner "controversies" of Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to craft the Emancipation Proclamation. Then students weigh in on whether the implied promises of that much-debated document have been fulfilled. BYOD - Bring Your Own Device! Students are invited to bring and use a cellphone, smart-phone, tablet or laptop to participate in this lesson.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $120.00

$120.00 for schools outside of Minnesota
$75.00 for schools in the state of Minnesota, thanks to the MN Legacy Amendment

This program is presented by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Funding provided by the Otto Bremer Foundation.


1 Hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received 14 days before your lesson. Contact us if you need to reschedule.

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History Live

St. Paul, MN
United States

History Live is a program of the Minnesota Historical Society, which designs and develops educational products for students nationwide. All of our award-winning programs and teacher supplementary materials are based on national academic standards.

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Program Details


1. Greeting & Introduction
2. Controversy: We define Controversy & students give examples of modern controversy.
3. Controversies in the 19th Century: We go back 165 years and examine controversy in the 1800s.
4. Controversies in Lincoln’s Head: We analyze perspectives Lincoln had to consider in crafting the Emancipation Proclamation.
5. How Have We Done?: We discuss connections to the modern world.


-Students will be able to define 'Controversy'.
-Students will identify what controversial issues people are debating today.students will be able to identify the most controversial issue in 1850.
-Students will be able to explain the two sides to the slavery controversy.
-Students will be able to explain four perspectives Lincoln considered when crafting the Emancipation Proclamation.
-Students will be able to describe the connections between controversies of the 1800s and Civil Rights issues today.