We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Emancipation Proclamation
- President Abraham Lincoln
President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the height of the Civil War. It was directed at the eleven states still in rebellion and decreed that all slaves in these rebelling states were freed.Pair "The Election of 1860" and "The Emancipation Proclamation" and ask students to discuss how Lincoln's view of slavery on the national stage transformed in such a short time. Why might Lincoln suddenly alter America's long-standing position on slavery as an institution that ought to slowly diminish to one of outright abolishment?
Speech on Slavery
- Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was well known for his opposition to slavery, believing that it went against the core principles of the nation’s Founding Fathers. In this text, Lincoln contrasts slavery with its better counterpart, free labor, and aligns it with the necessity of equality in society.Pair “The Election of 1860” with “Speech on Slavery” and ask students to discuss the appeal of the newly founded Republican Party and why Lincoln threatened northern and southern Democrats.
The Missouri Compromise
This informational text discusses the controversial decision to admit Missouri to the U.S. as a slave state, as well as the compromise enacted to keep the balance of free and slave states in Congress equal in the future.Pair "The Election of 1860" with "The Missouri Compromise" and ask students to discuss how these two events worked together to incite northern and southern tensions that would cause the Civil War.
The South Secedes
This text details the events of the secession crisis of 1860-1861 in which the southern states formed the Confederacy and the Civil War began.Pair “The South Secedes” with “The Election of 1860” and ask students to discuss how the election prompted secession and how, if at all, secession may have been avoided.
A Nation Divided: North vs. South
“A Nation Divided: North vs. South” discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy during the American Civil War.Pair “A Nation Divided: North vs. South” with "The Election of 1860" and ask students to analyze how the election of 1860 led to the beginning of the Civil War.
This informational text describes how the Kansas-Nebraska Act led to an outbreak of violence over slavery preceding the Civil War.Pair “Bloody Kansas” with “The Election of 1860” and ask students to discuss the similar themes that cause disagreement in the two texts.
Causes of the American Civil War
- Mike Kubic
In “Causes of the American Civil War,” the informational text explores the causes of the American Civil War and the growing hostility between the Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders.Pair “Causes of the American Civil War” with “The Election of 1860” and ask students to analyze the different causes of the American Civil War. By the time the election of 1860 took place, was there anything that could have been done to prevent war, or was war a foregone conclusion by that time?