This presentation discusses the experience of African American soldiers in World War I. It ties together their wartime experience and valor with their struggles on the home front. Topics include the Silent March, the St. Louis Massacre (Riots), the heroism of the Harlem Hellfighters and Anthony Johnson, James Reese Europe, and the Red Summer of 1919. You can view more in the preview here – Black Soldiers in WWI.
Included within this resource:
- A PowerPoint version of the presentation (editable)
- A PDF version of the handout (not editable)
- A Google Slides Version of the presentation and the handout (The link provided in the lesson plan will prompt you to make your own file.)
- A digital version of this resource for use in Google Slides (also Pear Deck compatible)
- A Detailed Lesson Plan
This lesson is linked with the following NYS standards, however, you could always include your own instead:
8.4e – After World War I, the United States entered a period of economic prosperity and cultural change. This period is known as the Roaring Twenties. During this time, new opportunities for women were gained, and African Americans engaged in various efforts to distinguish themselves and celebrate their culture.
8.4e.3 – Students will examine examples of World War I and postwar race relations, such as the East St. Louis riots, the Silent March, and the Tulsa riots.
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