by The National Archives
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Emancipation Proclamation
- President Abraham Lincoln
President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the height of the Civil War. It was directed at the eleven states still in rebellion and decreed that all slaves in these rebelling states were freed.Pair “The Emancipation Proclamation” with “Black Soldiers in the Civil War” and ask students to discuss President Lincoln’s decision to abolish slavery. Why did Lincoln wait until 1863 to abolish slavery?
A Nation Divided: North vs. South
“A Nation Divided: North vs. South” discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy during the American Civil War.Pair “A Nation Divided: North vs. South” with “Black Soldiers in the Civil War” to provide students with additional historical context about the Civil War. Ask students to compare the information revealed about slavery in each text– do students believe that abolishing slavery was the main goal of the Union Army? What other factors contributed to the Union Army’s desire to defeat the Confederate Army?
- Jessica McBirney
In "Tuskegee Airmen," Jessica McBirney focuses on the group of African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, who were were critical to the success of the U.S. Army during World War II and whose accomplishments led to the desegregation of the military.Pair “Black Soldiers in the Civil War” with “Tuskegee Airmen” and lead students in a conversation about African-American military service. Ask students what experiences were shared between black soldiers in the Civil War and those in World War II. What motivated African Americans to fight for the country that didn’t support their individual freedoms? What does that say about human nature, as well as our ideas about America?