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.
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 “Speech on Slavery” with “The Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionists” and ask students to compare the themes of the two texts. How do Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery compare to the opinions of Abolitionists depicted in the text?
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 Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionists” and ask students to discuss how opposing views on slavery escalated. How did those who supported slavery attempt to control the state of the nation? How did Abolitionists combat them?
Abolishing Slavery: The Efforts of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
- Mike Kubic
In “Abolishing Slavery: The Efforts of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln,” Mike Kubic discusses how two historic men worked to end slavery in the United States.Pair “The Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionist” with “Abolishing Slavery: The Efforts of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln” and ask students to further discuss the efforts made to abolish slavery. How has abolitionism changed throughout history? How do the views of Douglass and Lincoln compare to other abolitionists?
The Niger Expedition of 1841
- Mike Kubic
In “The Niger Expedition of 1841,” Mike Kubic discusses Britain's attempt to eradicate slavery by forming treaties with African chieftains along the Niger River.Pair “The Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionists” with “The Niger Expedition of 1841” and ask students to discuss the various attempts by abolitionists to eradicate slavery. How have these efforts changed over time? How does America’s approach to eradicating slavery compare to that of Britain?