Freedom, Protection, Pay, and a Call to Military Duty: African American Soldiers in the Civil War
What do images of Black Americans who served during the Civil War tell us about the power of freedom and patriotism? In this episode of BRIdge From The Past, Mary explores various images depicting African Americans who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Roughly 198,000 African American men served in the armed forces by the end of the war, and the identities of many depicted in these photographs are still unknown today. How did the Emancipation Proclamation shift the focus of the Civil War? How does this shift connect to these photographs, and why is their story essential to fully understand the war?
BRIdge from the Past African American Soldiers Handout: https://bri-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/BRIdge+Freedom%2C+Protection%2C+Pay%2C+and+a+Call+to+Military+Duty-African+American+Soldiers+in+the+Civil+War.pdf
Escaping Slavery During the Civil War: A Monument to African-Americans Lost Pursuing Freedom
How can we explore the story of Black men and women who escaped from slavery during the fighting of the Civil War? In this episode of BRIdge from the Past, Mary explores the Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, to reveal stories of sacrifice and bravery. What imagery does the sculptor use to convey the hardships these men, women, and children faced? What is the significance of the statue's location right outside of Washington, DC?
Civil War and Reconstruction
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln struggled to preserve the American constitutional republic and Union that ensured liberty and equality for all Americans. To that end, Lincoln brought the country to fight fought to preserve the Union against the secession of the South at his election in 1860. Lincoln also fought to end the moral disgrace of slavery and issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the war in 1863 as a war measure based upon his presidential war powers to weaken the South. At the end of the war, several amendments to the Constitution were ratified to advance the natural and civil rights republic of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution for African-Americans.
The Plainest Demands of Justice
Through primary source analysis, this new resource from the Bill of Rights Institute explores the efforts to realize the Founding principles of liberty, equality, and justice by exploring key periods in African American history. Students of history know that there is no substitute for being there – but primary sources come close! For over twenty […]