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FROM-- SET SEVEN, CIVIL WAR STUDIES
Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Advisor to the President-- Frederick Douglass, Union Army Recruiter
Student Task #11-- Frederick Douglass Recruits African
American men for military service in Civil War
From Frederick Douglass Autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom 1855
CHAPTER XI SECESSION AND WAR, pages 344-350
"MEN OF COLOR, TO ARMS"
Recruitment of volunteers for the military in the present year of 2015, is pretty much the same in purpose and method as in the days of the Civil War. Allowing the black free man (or former slave) to serve in the U.S. Army was a new concept. The Emancipation Proclamation made it possible. Read the article about Frederick Douglass as a recruiter for the Army. Write an essay describing the "call of men of color to arms." The poster on the article gives detail of how the black men were called. Go to Google and try to find a current poster, TV advertisement, or other calling for recruits for our volunteer military. Think about the differences between the Civil War, and the current war and world turmoil. Why would the black man want to serve in the Civil War. Why would black men or women (now) and white men want to serve in our own time. What are the motivations for enlisting? Write an essay on the comparison.
A List of the Frederick Douglass Activity Tasks