Monuments and Memory | BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History
How do we choose to remember past events, and what does that say about us? Mary and Gary explore the "Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment" by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1884 - 1897). Shaw was a Union officer of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first all African American military units. Nearly half of the regiment, including Shaw, would be killed, captured, or wounded at the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863. What does the story of the monument reveal about the challenges African Americans faced fighting in the Civil War? What can we learn from this regiment's bravery?
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History Video Playlist
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History is a new YouTube series for students that explores an important historic image every episode to gain insights into the culture, politics, and society of a particular time in U.S. history. Host Mary Patterson will explain how each primary source is its own “window to the past,” revealing new areas for contemplation and discussion.
Robert Gould Shaw’s Courageous Decision
In this lesson, students will explore Colonel Robert Gould Shaw’s decision to take charge of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry regiment. Students will learn why it took courage for him to make the decision, its significance to the nation and the overall war effort, as well as how they can make similar courageous decisions in their own lives.
Tenth Period | Monuments and Their Meanings: How to Teach About the Complexities of War
Join BRI staff members Kirk and Rachel, Mike Knapp, Chief of Historical Services at the American Battle Monuments Commission, and Sean Redmond, BRI Teacher Council Member and National WWI Museum and Monument High School Teacher Fellow, as they discuss the complexities of war. They look into what American battle monuments say about our civic values and how these ideas can be translated to the classroom.