This program guides participants through an examination of primary resources and demonstrations to learn about the accomplishments, sacrifice, and commitments of the Buffalo Soldiers. Participants will be encouraged to look closely and think critically about primary sources and artifacts. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.
At the end of this lesson students, will be able to:
- Recognize the commitment, challenges, and sacrifices of Buffalo Soldiers.
- Understand how African Americans have used military service as a strategy to advance civil rights.
- Describe the U.S. Army’s role in westward expansion and the Indian Wars.
Common Core Standards
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools
United States History: 1865 to the Present:
USII.4 The student will apply social science skills to understand how life changed after the Civil War by
Examining the reasons for westward expansion, including its impact on American Indians;
Describing racial segregation, the rise of “Jim Crow,” and other constraints faced by African Americans and other groups in the post-Reconstruction South.