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Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Advisor to the President-- Equality for African Americans


Student Task #9-- Equality for African Americans

"Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship."

Frederick Douglass

     Returning back to 1863-1865, conditions for black Union soldiers would get better.  Describe how conditions improved, or didn't improve because of the Presidential Proclamation for Retaliation, and orders for equal pay, and other basic rights for blacks in the war.

Read the Article from the National Archives & Records Administration(NARA) concerning

"The Fight for Equal Rights: Black Soldiers in the Civil War." 


1.  After reading the NARA article, go to Google to find out how black men were treated during the Civil in the U.S. Navy.  Find out how this treatment changed in the Navy, and when.  What is the history of "equal rights" for soldiers and sailors throughout our history to the present date.  Make a computer generated presentation showing the timeline of events for blacks as you discovered in your reading.

2.  Write an essay about how conditions were for soldiers in the U.S. Army.  If you can get access to the movie, GLORY, watch the movie and then write your essay.  Put in your own opinions and feelings about what occurred during the Civil War.


 A List of the Frederick Douglass Activity Tasks