Education Resources


Lesson Plans

29thdetailsquare-e1337709336710-610x501Civil War to Civil Rights By Chantea Wright (pdf) 6th-12th Grade
This lesson plan unit was the 1st place winner in the museum's Civil War to Civil Rights Best Lesson Plans contest. It contains three lesson plans entitled "A Soldier's Life: From Recruitment to the Battlefield," "Reconstructing a Nation: The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments," and "Civil Rights Movement: Capturing the Nation."

Civil War to Civil RightsBy Burnell Irby (pdf) 6th-12th Grade
This lesson plan unit contains three lesson plans entitled " The Nation Expands and Changes," "The Civil War," and "From Reconstruction to 1897"

Civil War to Civil Rights By Micheal Dubose (pdf) 6th-12th Grade
This lesson plan unit contains three lesson plans entitled "Civil War to Civil Rights Grammy Awards," "There's a Message in the Music," and "Civil War to Civil Rights Timeline: The Musical Thread."


Primary Source Sets

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Securing Liberty: African Americans and the Abolitonist Movement

The African American Civil War Museum is participating in the film program entitled Created Equal, which showcases films that highlight Americas Civil Rights stuggle. This program is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bridging Cultures initiative and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. The first film the museum showed in this program was "The Abolitionist." The primary source set "Securing Liberty: African Americans and the Abolitionist Movement," is designed to connect primary sources that highlight the activities and accomplishments of many African American abolitionist in the decades before the Civil War. To learn more about the Created Equal program and for educational resources connected to the film please visit the created equal website.

Primary Source Anaylsis Tools and Guides (Library of Congress)
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
"The Abolitionist" (2013, 180 minutes)
Educational Resources for the Film




Other Resources and Links

African American Soldiers in the Civil War (National Archives and Records Administration)
In this 20 minute DocsTeach Activity from the National Archives, students will learn how the U.S. Government tried to appeal to the African American soldiers and consider the importance of enlisting African American soldiers to the Union's victory. For grades 7-10th.

Emancipation Proclamation In 4 minutes:Curator, Hari Jones describes the series of events which led President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. This video is part of the Civil War Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics.

Black Soldiers In 4 minutes: Curator, Hari Jones summarizes the experience of African American Civil War soldiers, from emancipation to the authorization of United States Colored Troops to their experiences on the battlefield. This video is part of the Civil War Trust's In4 video series, which presents short videos on basic Civil War topics.

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