African Americans and the Civil War

Speaker: Kathy Trusty

Suitable for Schools · Grades 4–12

At first they were not allowed to fight. Then they were and more than 180,000 signed up. This is a presentation on African Americans, free and enslaved, and their role in the Civil War. It examines the challenges they faced and puts a face to soldiers who fought valiantly for the Union cause and freedom.

Image: The Gallant Charge of the Fifty Fourth Massachusetts (Colored) Regiment