President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speech

President Lincoln’s wartime second inaugural address is considered one of the most important speeches in US history. It speaks for itself!

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers for students.

For more on this time period check out our PowerPoints: Causes of the Civil War, The Civil War, and Reconstruction.

Emancipation Proclamation, 1863


The Emancipation Proclamation packs a lot of punch for such a short document.

This makes it a good opportunity for students to read the primary source without being overwhelmed.

We have included a copy of the transcript as well as questions and answers for your classroom.