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Lincoln and the Abolitionists Press Conference Drama--

"What the President Thought about Slavery, April of 1864"-- STUDENT DIRECTIONS

From a letter to Albert G. Hodges,

Monday, April 04, 1864

        In this project an actual letter from President Lincoln to an Albert G. Hodges will be studied and used to find out just what the President thought about slavery, African-Americans, and abolition.  The actual three-page letter should be read before starting the other two components of the activity. 

The original hand-written pages will be used to locate hotlink words and then list them and define them on paper.

The student should use the transcribed version of the 3-page letter to search for highlighted phrases, and go to the hotspot link to answer questions.  Directions will be stated on each hotspot link.


1.  Read the actual hand-written letter to Albert G. Hodges.  This can be difficult because of clarity and meaning, but try to get a feel for what the letter (three pages) is about.

2.  Using the original hand-written pages of the famous "Hodges Letter," find the highlighted words that are hotlinks.  Click the link, and record the meaning of the word on paper.

3.  After finding and listing the vocabulary/definitions, use the "transcribed version" of the letter, and go though the pages to click the highlighted (yellow) phrases.  Record the phrases on paper, and write a short response as to what the phrase means. 

The original letter is posted on the Library of Congress Memories Collection.

Click Here to view the original letter.


Transcribed and Marked Letter to Hodges

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