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Many scholars of American history consider
Abraham Lincoln to be the country's greatest president.
Historians of other nations have sometimes described their
greatest leaders by calling them "Lincolns." In this activity,
you will consider whether or not you agree that Benito
Juárez was the "Abraham Lincoln of Mexico."
- Search the Internet or other library resources for
information about President Lincoln and President Juárez.
Be sure to keep track of the sites and/or reference
materials from which you draw information. The following
two links will help you get started.
- Organize your thoughts by creating a Venn diagram
that compares and contrasts the two leaders. What similarities
did they share? In what ways were they different?
- Drawing on the information you gathered, write a paragraph
in which you either support or refute the following
statement: Benito Juárez was "the Abraham Lincoln of
Mexico." Be sure that you defend your position with
a worksheet to accompany this activity.
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