African American Troops in the Civil War

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New Review

Middle schoolers explore the history of the African-American troops that served during the American Civil War. After reading primary source documents that detail the controversies about permitting freemen and former slaves to serve, class members design a historic site to commemorate the contributions of these troops to a specific battle.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include the project in a study of the American Civil War or part of Black History Month
  • Create a gallery display of the projects either in the classroom or around the school
Classroom Considerations

  • The video of Hari Jones's 44-minute lecture provides instructors with important background information about the role African-American troops played in the Civil War
  • Requires extra prep time to makes copies of required materials
  • Designed for North Carolina schools but appropriate for any study of the American Civil War
  • Site is not secure, but the resource is safe to access

  • The carefully scaffolded plan includes information about the issues the Lincoln administration had to consider when deciding whether or not to authorize the enlistment of black troops

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Common Core