Study & Essay
Was Lincoln's performance as president in keeping with his previous political record?
How did Lincoln transform the nature of the federal government?
To what extent was Lincoln responsible for ending slavery in the United States?
What events in Lincoln's youth and early manhood prepared him for the rigors of politics?
Was Lincoln a politician in the right place at the right time?
Did Lincoln overstep his bounds as president?
Which of Lincoln's many wartime policies do you find most objectionable, and why?
How did Lincoln alienate the Republican party during the course of his presidency?
Why was Lincoln able to win re-election despite fears that he would be defeated?
How might Lincoln have handled reconstruction had he survived to serve his second term?
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