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"Colored Troops under General Wild, liberating slaves in North Carolina"

In this journalistic sketch, a group of African American soldiers liberates a plantation in eastern North Carolina. The troops were the so-called "African Brigade" composed of black recruits from Massachusetts and newly freed contraband slaves from [...]

A Union Army Captain Testifies Before the Freedmen’s Commission (with text supports)

In May, 1861, Union General Benjamin Butler offered military protection to runaway slaves in Virginia, declaring them wartime "contraband." In every region touched by the war, African-American men, women, and children flocked to the protection [...]

Harriet Tubman Warns "Kill the Snake Before It Kills You" (with text supports)

Harriet Tubman was among the best known conductors of the Underground Railroad, a network of enslaved people, free blacks, and white sympathizers that assisted thousands of runaway slaves escape north. During the Civil War, Tubman offered her [...]

A Runaway Slave Predicts "Freedom Will Reign" (with text supports)

During the Civil War, John Boston took advantage of the nearby presence of Union troops to runaway. But in this case, Boston had run into a Union camp in Maryland, a slave state fighting on the side of the Union. This meant that the regiment from [...]

Who Freed the Slaves: Weighing the Evidence worksheet

This worksheet helps students evaluate different pieces of evidence to determine who freed the slaves, Abraham Lincoln or slaves themselves. The worksheet is part of the activity "Emancipation and "Contraband": Who Freed the Slaves During the Civil [...]

Analysis Worksheet: Before-and-After Photographs of a Union Recruit

This worksheet helps students analyze Civil War photographs of a former slave who joined the Union military.

Analysis Worksheet: "Colored Troops Under General Wild, liberating slaves in North Carolina"

This worksheet helps students analyze an 1864 sketch of African-American troops, many of whom were former slaves, liberating slaves on a North Carolina plantation.

Analysis Worksheet: Harriet Tubman Warns "Kill the Snake Before It Kills You"

This worksheet helps students analyze a letter in which Lydia Maria Child describes Harriet Tubman's vivid allegory about the necessity of destroying slavery during the Civil War.

Analysis Worksheet: A Runaway Slave Predicts "Freedom Will Reign"

This worksheet helps students analyze a letter from John Boston, a runaway slave during the Civil War, to his wife.

Analysis Worksheet: Lincoln in Richmond

This worksheet helps students analyze the 1865 print Lincoln in Richmond.

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