Civil War and Reconstruction
Post Reconstruction Period and the Effect on African Americans
brown paper bags, or 3' sheets of brown "bulletin board paper" from teacher supply room
charcoal, chalk, tempera paint,
small sheets [9x12" ] cardboard or poster board [to become "picture frames"]
The "Buffalo Soldiers": Contributions of the first African-American soldiers in the U.S. Army
In this lesson, students will learn the history of this group of patriotic, but little-known African American soldiers that were organized in the mid-1800s, right after the Civil War. Two different divisions, the 9thand 10th Regiments of the U.S. Calvary [Calvary=Army soldiers who ride horses] came to be known by the nickname "BUFFALO SOLDIERS," and were given this name by Indians for TWO different reasons. Fascinating interviews, photos, and videos will illuminate the "picture" of this historical group which is finally receiving more recognition, honor, and credit for their heroic service to our country.
Who were the " BUFFALO SOLDIERS "? Students will learn why this group of soldiers had the nickname "Buffalo Soldiers", how they contributed service to the United States, and how they dealt with the difficulties of racial discrimination during their service with the U.S. Army.