This excellent primary source analysis lesson for the Civil War has your students analyzing 10 excerpts from documents that led up to the Emancipation proclamation.
The Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment get most of the attention in history, but there was actually a series of significant events and legislation during the Civil War era in moving towards Emancipation and greater freedoms for African Americans. The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to see the gradual steps towards full emancipation and other important legislation during the Civil War.
The lesson plan includes excerpts from laws on:
★ compensated emancipation
★ abolishing slavery in Washington DC
★ the Militia Act allowing for African American soldiers
★ equal pay for black soldiers
★ the creation of the Freedmen's Bureau
★ a Confederate attempt to recruit slave soldiers
★ and more!
A worksheet is provided for students to use for analyzing the documents either as stations or in groups for collaborative learning. Options for several possible lesson structures are provided in the lesson plan along with suggested videos. Following the worksheet is a set of analysis questions for students to complete.
An answer key and editable Google Docs version is included for your convenience.
This lesson can also be downloaded as part of my Civil War and Reconstruction Complete Unit Bundle
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