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US History: Western Essay

The Peacemakers.

The Peacemakers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the Civil War, Lincoln and the Republicans passed “radical” laws to shape the future of the American West:

  • Homestead Acts
  • Morill Land-Grant Acts
  • Pacific Railroad Acts
  • Purchase of Alaska

Define what each of these Acts was meant to do and what actually happens. Then explain which had the most positive effect and negative effect on America.

US History Unit Two Note Outline and PowerPoint

Unit Notes Outline

Civil War Presentation Notes

THE Wild West Presentation Notes

US History: The Republican Party and Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech

Cooper Union Building 1858

Cooper Union Building 1858 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the late 1840’s, enough politicians wanted to create a new party to compete against the Jacksonian Democrats; thus, the birth of the Republican Party.

Find out the following:

  • Who created the Party?
  • What was there Party platform? (Major Issues)
  • Who were there first major candidates and why?

In 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave an address to members of the Republican Party.In his speech, he explained who he was, what he believed in, and most importantly how to save America. He got the party nomination to run for president.

Read the speech and response to it on your blog. Some ideas on what to write about include:

  • Lincoln’s view on slavery
  • What is a Republican!
  • What he would do as President.
  • Would you be swayed by the speech?

Link to Speech

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