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Slavery Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Directions: Read the passage and answer the questions below.

Abraham Lincoln is often referred to as "The Great Emancipator" and yet, he did not publicly call for emancipation throughout his entire life. Lincoln began his public career by claiming that he was "antislavery" -- against slavery's expansion but not calling for immediate emancipation. However, the man who began as "antislavery" eventually issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in those states that were in rebellion. He vigorously supported the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery throughout the United States, and, in the last speech of his life, he recommended extending the vote to African Americans.

1. Why does the author feel that it was odd that Lincoln was called "The Great Emancipator"?

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2. What is the purpose of the 13th Amendment?

 

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3. What could you say was the outcome of Lincoln's last speech ever?

 

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4. What might have been Lincoln's political motives for not calling for an immediate Emancipation resolution ? Explain your answer.

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