Abraham Lincoln and the Jews


In this engaging teaching module from the Shapell Manuscript Foundation in collaboration with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, teachers are provided resources to help students better understand how Lincoln governed as president and the role of religion during the Civil War. Students will engage with primary sources including rare letters by Lincoln that are part of the Shapell collection. Other primary sources include letters by Civil War generals including Benjamin Butler, George McClellan, and William Tecumseh Sherman which demonstrate the anti-semitic attitudes held by many at the time. 

This material is best suited for older high school students.



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