Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.7c - Roles during the Civil War

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by

c)  describing the roles played by whites, enslaved African Americans, free African Americans, and American Indians.

Bloom's Level: Remember, Understand

Adopted: 2008

BIG IDEAS

War is a major conflict between groups of people, nations, or states.

One person can affect the outcome of important events.

Different groups of people are affected in different ways by events in history.


UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Whites, enslaved African Americans, free African Americans, and American Indians had various roles during the Civil War.


How were whites, enslaved African Americans, free African Americans, and American Indians affected by the Civil War?

ESSENTIALS

Determine cause-and-effect relationships. (VS.1b)

Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Sequence events in Virginia history. (VS.1f)

Varied roles of whites, enslaved African Americans, free African Americans, and American Indians during the Civil War

  • Most white Virginians supported the Confederacy.
  • The Confederacy relied on enslaved African Americans to raise crops and provide labor for the army. Many enslaved African Americans fled to the Union army as it approached and some fought for the Union.
  • Some free African Americans felt their limited rights could best be protected by supporting the Confederacy.
  • Most American Indians did not take sides during the Civil War. 

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 02, 2016