Leadership in African American Regiments and the Movies

8th grade, african american, civil war, movies, Phil Berndt

Phil's lesson will help students gain an understanding of what it took for African Americans to gain the right to fight for their freedom in the Civil War and the events which surrounded their admission into the Union army. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the leadership of these regiments and the thoughts that went into their decisions to lead these regiments, in particular the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, through the use of primary sources and also the movie Glory.

Students will then research the historical accuracy of this movie to see if it properly chronicles the heroics of this African-American regiment through the use of primary sources. 

Lesson Plan
Movie Guiding Questions