The classroom is the newsroom of a major news broadside, The Civil War Gazette which will be published to assist students develop an understanding of the background and process of ratification of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution. There needs to be a News Editor, a Features Writer(s), a Political Correspondent(s), and a Photojournalist(s) for each of the following issues of concern:
- The Emancipation Proclamation
- The Thirteenth Amendment
- The Fourteenth Amendment
- The Fifteenth Amendment
At least one page of coverage should be dedicated to each of these. The teacher may assign students to each news team or students may select on their own. News stories, feature articles, “interviews,” and photos or sketches can assist in the explanation of these momentous documents in American History.
(Map of free and slave states, historical information, original text)
(Background history on the 13th Amendment, full text of Sections 1 and 2)
(Abolition of slavery, origin and purpose of the Amendment)
(Essay: “Life After the Thirteenth Amendment” and references to the 14th and 15th Amendments)
(Sections of the Amendment, including Due Process and Equal Protection clauses)
(Links to members of the Radical Republicans, Lincoln’s Reconstruction Plan, and issues revolving around the 14th Amendment)
proposal and ratification
This lesson was created by Dr. Averil McClelland and developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.