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The First African American Regiment by NGA


The Arts

Grade Levels

Elementary, Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


Students will be introduced to the first African American Regiment that fought in the Civil War through a memorial sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. They will compare and contrast the experiences of these soldiers through their portrayal in letters, films (the motion picture, Glory, and a documentary film), and poetry, before writing their own poem using the sculpture as their inspiration.


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