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A Nation Divided: North vs. SouthUSHistory.org
"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?
The Emancipation ProclamationPresident 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?
Tuskegee AirmenJessica 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?
How the GI Bill's Promise Was Denied to a Million Black WWII VeteransErin Blakemore
Despite the benefits it promised to United States veterans, the GI Bill failed to assist Black military members after WWII.Pair “Black Soldiers in the Civil War” with “How the GI Bill's Promise Was Denied to a Million Black WWII Veterans” to allow students to compare the two texts. What similar difficulties did Black soldiers face during the Civil War and WWII? What do you think changed between the two wars? What stayed the same? What does this say about racism and discrimination in the United States?
Forgetting Why We RememberDavid W. Blight
In "Forgetting Why We Remember," David W. Blight describes the forgotten events of the first Memorial Day celebration in May 1865.Pair “Black Soldiers in the Civil War” with “Forgetting Why We Remember” to provide students with additional historical context. Ask students to use both texts in order to learn more about how slavery impacted the Civil War, as well as the important role enslaved people played in the fight for freedom. What role did slavery play in the Civil War? Why did Black soldiers fight in the war? Why were they reluctant to fight in the Civil War? Why are the actions of the freedpeople in Charleston, SC on May 1 so profound and remarkable?