"Colored Citizens, To Arms!"
This 1864 poster was used to recruit African-American soldiers for the 20th Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops, a Union Army regiment based in New York state. The poster offers the lure of an up-front payment of $375 plus an additional $10 for anyone signing up, but likely more persuasive was the sentiment borne by the stern-looking eagle: "Who would be Free, Himself must Strike the Blow!" Such recruitment efforts were met with an enthusiastic reception by African-American men of fighting age, with thousands enlisting after legislation was passed allowing them to serve in 1863.
Does the poster appeal more to personal or financial reasons for joining the army?
What words or phrases make a personal appeal to join the army?
What words or phrases make a financial appeal to join the army?
| Recruiting Poster, 20th Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops, c. 1864, broadside, ink on paper (New York: Francis & Loutrel, Stationers & Steam Printers).Creator | Francis & Loutrel
| Poster/PrintCite This document | Francis & Loutrel, “"Colored Citizens, To Arms!",” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed March 11, 2014, http://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1215.