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African Americans and the Civil War

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Social Studies +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This collection highlights the enslaved and free African American perspective and experience during the Civil War with collection objects from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, other Smithsonian units, and relevant media.

Keywords: NMAAHC, NMAAHC Education, African American, Civil War, United States Colored Troops, soldier, war, emancipation, history, primary sources

Slavery and Before the War

NMAAHC Education

National Anti-Slavery Standard Vol. XX No. 19

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Albumen print of enslaved women and their children near Alexandria, Virginia

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Dress made by an unidentified enslaved woman or women

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lantern Slide of the slave dealers, Birch & Co., in Alexandria, Virginia

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Stampede Among the Negroes in Virginia

National Portrait Gallery

On the Frontlines

NMAAHC Education

Broadside for "Men of Color" Recruitment

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Storming Fort Wagner

National Portrait Gallery

Identification tag for drummer “George Washington,” with American eagle

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Colored Volunteer

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ambrotype of Qualls Tibbs, 5th Sergeant, 27th U.S.C.T., Camp Delaware, Ohio

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of Creed Miller with star-shaped military identification pin

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Tintype of a Civil War soldier

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carte de visite of Sgt. Jacob Johns (19th USCT)

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Identification tag for Civil War soldier Qualls Tibbs

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carte-de-visite portrait of Harriet Tubman

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Sword from the Civil War era

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of members of the 55th Massachusetts Infantry

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carte-de-visite album of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Diary of Lieutenant John Freeman Shorter

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mameluke sword presented to Capt. George Garrison by the 55th Massachusetts

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Plate 76. A Fancy Group - Scene in Front of Petersburg

National Museum of American History

Carte-de-visite of a sailor named Jim

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Silver badge for Alexander Hill of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Wounded Scout. A Friend In The Swamp.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Butler Medal

National Museum of African American History and Culture

918. Collecting Remains of the Dead

National Museum of African American History and Culture

On the Homefront

NMAAHC Education

Ambrotype of African American Woman with Flag

National Museum of American History

Carte-de-visite portrait of Susie Bruce

National Museum of African American History and Culture

A Ride for Liberty - The Fugitive Slaves [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Learning is Wealth: Wilson, Charley, Rebecca & Rosa, Slaves from New Orleans

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mary Lincoln's Dress

National Museum of American History

Cabinet card of Sojourner Truth

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph album owned by Emily Howland

National Museum of African American History and Culture

After the War

NMAAHC Education

Photograph of James Brown, Civil War veteran, with a picture of Abraham Lincoln

National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Fifteenth Amendment. Celebrated May 19th 1870

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Patience on a Monument

National Museum of African American History and Culture