John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and Two Approaches to the Slavery Question
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New October 2022! Two experts discuss the different approaches to slavery taken by Abraham Lincoln and John Brown.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: US History-184**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Students should choose a contemporary issue and apply either Lincoln’s or Brown’s approach to it and explain why they felt that was the correct action.
  • Have students respond to the arguments made by the experts about the ineffectiveness of abolitionist actions, which the experts feel did more harm than good.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.