Lincoln's Speech Addressing The Civil War & National Situation

Addresses to the New Jersey Senate and Assembly

Work Time

After Lincoln was elected president, but before his inauguration, he gave two short speeches to the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly. The congressmen he addressed had not been his supporters during the election campaign, but he was going to be their president.

  • With a partner, read the two short speeches.
  • Stop every three or four sentences to check in with each other about what you understand.
  • Record any questions you have.
  • Annotate any unfamiliar words or phrases.

Share your thoughts and questions with the class, and add to the class list of questions and facts about Abraham Lincoln.