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  • Debating Emancipation

    Teaching Lincoln's Assassination and Legacy
    Lessons

    Students learn to annotate a historical speech to identify and articulate the author’s point of view. Students will identify key issues involved in working through emancipation, including the consequences (pros and cons) of President Abraham Lincoln’s administration changing its position from preventing slavery in new territories/states to eradicating slavery in states in rebellion.

  • An Overnight Vigil

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the care Lincoln received in the Petersen House and the morning of his death. 

  • Setting the Stage

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the days of celebration and uncertainty following Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender, which happened just before President Lincoln's assassination.

  • The Assassination

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the events leading up to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and that fateful moment.

  • The Conspiracy

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about those who conspired with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln and bring down the federal government.

  • The Country Mourns

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about President Lincoln's funeral and how his assassination shaped his legacy.

  • The Last Word Is Never Written

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about how the history and memory of President Lincoln are constantly changing and evolving.

  • The Setting of the Assassination

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the dramatic history of Ford's Theatre, both before and after President Lincoln's assassination.

  • Trying the Conspirators

    Video Tour of Ford's Theatre
    Videos

    Dr. Matthew Pinsker talks about the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth and the military tribunal and execution of his co-conspirators.