Amazing African Americans Spies in the Civil War | VIDEO, Notes, & Activity!

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5th - 8th
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Learn the amazing stories of 3 African American spies in the Civil War with this engaging History For Humans video!

Students learn how Harriet Tubman used her skills from the Underground Railroad to serve as a spy during the war and be the first woman to lead a military operation in American history, how John Scobell operated with the Union's top spy and put his acting skills to the use to fight the Confederates, and how Mary Jane Bowser spied on Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, from within the White House of the Confederacy! This makes learning history fun!

As students watch they fill out a note sheet with fill-in-the-blanks to ensure comprehension as well as critical thinking questions to connect and think deeply about the history. Then there is an extension activity to dig deeper with a reading about Black Spies in the Civil War for students to practice reading comprehension. And there are answer keys for everything!

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Check out my other Civil War Spy Lesson:

Amazing Women Spies in the Civil War!

Please check out my other resources and bundles:

Jacksonian Democracy & Antebellum America

Westward Expansion

Civil War Bundle!

Hope you enjoy,


Total Pages
3 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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