Specifically, as we read through the Lincoln documents in an effort to get to know the man behind the myth, there were two that mentioned Louis Kossuth and the Hungarian Nationalist movement. Lincoln was part of a call for a "Kossuth Meeting" and then helped run it and draft the resolutions from the actual meeting. These documents can help students understand what Americans at the time thought of the intense nationalism and fervor that was fueling the revolutions in Europe in 1848.
Some of the information presented to students look like this:
I added one element to make the connection between Kossuth and the U.S. (referenced in the 6th bullet) more clear. Under the image of Kossuth on the left, students are instructed to read the primary source documents that are attached. The first excerpt is from January 5, 1852:
It is proposed that a Kossuth meeting be held by the citizens and others now visiting the seat of government, on the 8th of January inst., at 7 o'clock P. M., at the court house in Springfield. All are invited to attend, and to express their views freely.A. Lincoln, et. al.
- Why would Lincoln be one of the organizers of such a meeting?
- Did he hold any public office at the time?
- What does it say about his opinions of the revolutions of 1848?
And then in the annotations, it is noted:7. That we recognize in Governor Kossuth of Hungary the most worthy and distinguished representative of the cause of civil and religious liberty on the continent of Europe. A cause for which he and his nation struggled until they were overwhelmed by the armed intervention of a foreign despot, in violation of the more sacred principles of the laws of nature and of nations---principles held dear by the friends of freedom everywhere, and more especially by the people of these United States.
 Illinois Journal, January 12, 1852. Lincoln spoke to the meeting on the 8th in favor of sympathy but non-intervention.
- What principles does Lincoln seem to be emphasizing in his support of the Hungarians based on the resolution?
- Why would Lincoln stress non-intervention?
This is a very simple lesson tweak that can really help students understand how the world was interacting long before the Internet made it easy. Sometimes, these short additional documents and small lesson adjustments are all it takes to make an integrated curriculum work.