In The Classroom

African Americans: The Struggle for Freedom

War for Freedom: African-American Experiences in the Era of the Civil War

Gettysburg National Military Park

This lesson plan focuses on the experience of the African-American community of Gettysburg during the Civil War.


Who Were the 200,000 African-American Freedom Fighters? (Grades 6-8)

Civil War Preservation Trust

Through records, letters, and photographs, students discover the identities of African-Americans who served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War.


Fighting for African-American Rights and the Responsibility of Citizenship (Grades 9-12)

Civil War Preservation Trust

Through analysis of primary documents, students learn about the contributions of African-Americans during the Civil War and their fight for citizenship.


The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom’s First Steps (Grades 9-12)

National Endowment for the Humanities

Students are asked to evaluate the provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation, determine the motivations behind its issuance, and explore reactions to this incendiary document.