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Letter to a Civil War Leader Assignment

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Assignment: Write a letter to and a response from one of the Civil War leaders listed below. In your letter to the leader include 10 questions. In your response letter from the leader answer all 10 questions. Use the links below to learn more about the leaders.

(Example questions: What are your views on slavery? What is your role in the Civil War?)

***Note: Please do not turn in 10 questions and 10 answers. Please format and write this assignment as if it were an actual letter. Harriet Tubman - Black History. In 1849 Tubman fled Maryland, leaving behind her free husband of five years, John Tubman, and her parents, sisters, and brothers.

Harriet Tubman - Black History

“Mah people mus’ go free,” her constant refrain, suggests a determination uncommon among even the most militant slaves. She returned to the South at least nineteen times to lead her family and hundreds of other slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Utilizing her native intelligence and drawing on her boundless courage, she eluded bounty hunters seeking a reward for her capture, which eventually went as high as forty thousand dollars. She never lost a fugitive or allowed one to turn back.

Harriet Tubman - Civil Rights Activist - Biography.com. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist.

Harriet Tubman - Civil Rights Activist - Biography.com

She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. Synopsis Harriet Tubman was an American bondwoman who escaped from slavery in the South to become a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. Robert E. Lee - General - Biography.com. Robert E.

Robert E. Lee - General - Biography.com

Lee was the leading Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War and has been venerated as a heroic figure in the South. Synopsis. Robert E. Lee. Born to Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee in Stratford Hall, Virginia, Robert Edward Lee seemed destined for military greatness.

Robert E. Lee

Despite financial hardship that caused his father to depart to the West Indies, young Robert secured an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated second in the class of 1829. Two years later, he married Mary Anna Randolph Custis, a descendant of George Washington's adopted son, John Parke Custis. Yet with for all his military pedigree, Lee had yet to set foot on a battlefield. Instead, he served seventeen years as an officer in the Corps of Engineers, supervising and inspecting the construction of the nation's coastal defenses.

First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, AL. Jefferson Davis Biography.

First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery, AL

Jefferson Davis President Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808, in Christian (now Todd) County, Kentucky,

Jefferson Davis President Confederate States of America

Digital History. Back to Frederick Douglass Exhibit Who was Frederick Douglass?

Digital History

Committed to freedom, Douglass dedicated his life to achieving justice for all Americans, in particular African-Americans, women, and minority groups. He envisioned America as an inclusive nation strengthened by diversity and free of discrimination. Frederick Douglass rose from slavery to become the leading African-American voice of the nineteenth century. At an early age, he realized that his ability to read was the key to freedom. Douglass worked with many notable abolitionists of the nineteenth century including Wendell Phillips and Abby Kelley.

The antislavery crusade of the early nineteenth century served as a training ground for the women's suffrage movement. Together with abolitionist and feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Douglass signed the Declaration of Sentiments that became the movement's manifesto. This information was reproduced from a National Parks Service exhibit and is used with permission.

Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass stood at the podium, trembling with nervousness.

Frederick Douglass

Before him sat abolitionists who had travelled to the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. Only 23 years old at the time, Douglass overcame his nervousness and gave a stirring, eloquent speech about his life as a slave. Douglass would continue to give speeches for the rest of his life and would become a leading spokesperson for the abolition of slavery and for racial equality. The son of a slave woman and an unknown white man, "Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey" was born in February of 1818 on Maryland's eastern shore. He spent his early years with his grandparents and with an aunt, seeing his mother only four or five times before her death when he was seven. Douglass spent seven relatively comfortable years in Baltimore before being sent back to the country, where he was hired out to a farm run by a notoriously brutal "slavebreaker" named Edward Covey.

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Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant quarreled with the President and aligned himself with the Radical Republicans. WGBH American Experience . U.S. Grant: Warrior. Lincoln Papers: Lincoln Assassination: Introduction. Abraham Lincoln Papers On the evening of April 14, 1865, while attending a special performance of the comedy, "Our American Cousin," President Abraham Lincoln was shot.

Lincoln Papers: Lincoln Assassination: Introduction

Accompanying him at Ford's Theater that night were his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, a twenty-eight year-old officer named Major Henry R. Lincoln Papers: Emancipation Proclamation: Introduction. Abraham Lincoln Papers Almost from the beginning of his administration, Lincoln was pressured by abolitionists and radical Republicans to issue an Emancipation Proclamation. The Civil War in Art : Teaching & Learning Through Chicago Collections.

Let’s go see Old AbeSitting in the marble and the moonlight,Sitting lonely in the marble and the moonlight,Quiet for ten thousand centuries, old Abe.Quiet for a million, million years. -- Langston Hughes, “Lincoln Monument: Washington,” 1926 Abraham Lincoln is among the most recognized figures in United States history because so many images have been made of him. Few if any U.S. presidents have been so frequently portrayed in art, nor have images of other presidents had such lasting meaning to so many Americans. Lincoln’s personal history and accomplishments have a lot to do with this. Lincoln was born in 1809 into a poor Kentucky family and had very little formal education. He nonetheless became a country lawyer in the then-western state of Illinois.

Lincoln became nationally known when he took part in several well-publicized debates with Illinois Senator Stephen A.