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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 [...]
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: A Union Army Captain Testifies Before the Freedman's Commission
This worksheet helps students analyze the 1863 testimony of Captain C.B. Wilder, who attested to the impact of contraband slaves during the early years of the Civil War.