Lesson Eight: Who was Freed by the Emancipation Proclamation?

Lesson Plan:

Students read and interpret the Emancipation Proclamation and identify the perspectives in a historical account. Groups read recruitment posters for African-Americans created after the Proclamation was issued in order to determine the Proclamation’s impact.

Teacher Resources:

8A: "To Colored Men" Recruitment Poster


8.1: Emancipation Proclamation

8.2: Historical Summary of the Emancipation Proclamation

8.3: Historical Document Questions

8.4: "To Colored Men" Recruitment Poster (transcription)

8.5: "Wanted . . ." Broadside

Lesson Resources:

HarpWeek's summary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Article about African Americans during the Civil War

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