• The First Lincoln Memorial

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

    National Historical Park Kentucky

Lincoln's Kentucky Connections and Views on Slavery

Lesson Plan Two

"I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel.”
April 4, 1864 - Letter to Albert Hodges

Students will look at the early years of Lincoln’s life in Kentucky and how his exposure to slavery during these formative years shaped his decisions regarding slavery throughout the rest of his life. Abraham Lincoln never forgot his Kentucky roots. Many of his closest friends and trusted advisors were from Kentucky. Students will be introduced to several of Lincoln’s Kentucky associates and recognize that each of these Kentuckians had differing views on slavery, thus providing a microcosm of the issues troubling the nation at large.

Content: Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 – 8
Length: 3-5 days

The lesson consists of the following items:

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Picture of Lincoln's Tomb, Springfield, IL

Abraham Lincoln is buried in Springfield, Illinois in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. With the exception of his eldest son Robert Todd, who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Mary Todd, and the Lincoln children are buried in Springfield as well.