Emancipation Proclamation

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Understanding the Emancipation Proclamation is crucial to understanding the answer to the oft-asked question: Why was the Civil War fought? Lincoln considered the document his crowning achievement, saying, "it is the central act of my administration and the great event of the nineteenth century." This webquest will help students understand this often-confusing document, its background, and its consequences by exploring the writing of people who both praised and degraded it.


Common Core Standards
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

National History Standards for Grades 5-12:
Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877)
STANDARD 2A: The course and character of the Civil War and its effects on the American people.

Identify the turning points of the war and evaluate how political, military, and diplomatic leadership affected the outcome of the conflict. [Assess the importance of the individual in history]

Evaluate provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s reasons for issuing it, and its significance. [Examine the influence of ideas]


Thank you to SHEG and Edsitement for gathering some of the sources used for this webquest.

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