Engage your students in an investigation into the experiences of two former slaves in the months immediately following the end of the Civil War. With two highly engaging primary sources, students will utilize the built-in scaffolding to complete a close reading and analysis of these sources. The two sources provide competing experiences in which the former slaves find themselves, thus allowing students to think critically about the meaning of freedom following emancipation. Included with this product are a brief teacher lesson plan, two primary sources with accompanying scaffolds to support close reading, and an exit ticket activity. This lesson goes great with any unit on the Civil War or Reconstruction!