Riding the Underground Railroad
Mary Lincoln: Religion, Social Issues and Reform
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: Two to three class periods
Mary Todd Lincoln was First Lady during what was perhaps the most dificult period in American history, the Civil War. Before the war, which essentially ended slavery, overburdened slaves longed for freedom. Fearful of being caught and severely punished by abusive slave owners, slaves either remained as property or made the daring trek North, to Canada, so they could be free from bondage. This lesson places students within the Underground Railroad and allows them to role-play various characters so they can understand what it may have been like during this time.