African Americans Role In History Through The Civil[1]


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African Americans Role In History Through The Civil[1]

  1. 1. African Americans role in history through the civil war- present day By Our group
  2. 2. African Americans in the civil war • The 54th regiment was made up of free African Americans which also included the sons of Frederick Douglass • Sergeant William H. Carney became the 1st African American to earn the Medal of honor • In general, African American’s played a huge role in the civil war. African American’s fighting for the Union side making up 9.5% of the Union army's population. • Also on the confederates used African Americans for labor, but also for war. A issue comes up with rather or not these men, who fought for the south, were armed or not.
  3. 3. African American’s role in reconstruction • African American’s were placed in government positions by president Abraham Lincoln • African American also gained farmland, schools, and medical • Dislike of these new rights grow in from the south and many southern states passed “Black Codes” which restricted the right to own land, were to live, a curfew was made, and it also forced African Americans to become agricultural laborers such as sharecroppers.
  4. 4. African American’s role in World War I • During WW I many African Americans served in the US armed forces, but were segregated throughout the war. By the time of Germany’s armistice, over 350,000 African Americans served in the American Expeditionary Force • Most of the African American units though hardly saw any combat • The 369th Infantry regiment became took the cake in WW I. They were also called the “Harlem Hellfighters”, fighting for the US. They were the 1st to cross the Rhine, perform well at Chateau-Thierry and Belleau Wood.