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New Primary Source Set: The African American Experience of the Civil War (1860-1867)

Published on Sun, 12/18/2016

[caption id="attachment_9985" align="alignright" width="300"]African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle in Cold Harbor, Virginia. African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle in Cold Harbor, Virginia.[/caption] The following collection was created to provide teachers with primary source materials focused on the African American experience during the Civil War. The African American perspective and involvement in the Civil War is visible both as soldiers and citizens. This set provides evidence of the impact that the Civil War had on dividing the North and the South and the American people. The set is separated into two distinct sub-areas; social and economic factors. The set on social factors impacting African Americans during the Civil War features images of fugitive slaves desperately trying to reach the North, an accused African American spy woman, and photographs displaying the barbaric treatment of fallen soldiers on the battlefield. The economic set contains a map, musical arrangement and lyrics, and an image of a slave auction house. Students and educators can use either or both sets to tap into the essential question being raised: How did social and economic factors create a division between the North and the South? Rounding off the set are a number of supplemental resources including desired results and objectives and classroom activities and questions. View more details, and download or access the primary source set online. Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress. The set was developed during 2015 History in Motion courses offered by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources at the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.