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Learn about the history of Juneteenth. It took a while to release all enslaved people from their captors even after the Civil War ended.

Frederick Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818. His mother was a Black slave and his father was a white man. At the age of 8, Frederick worked for a ship’s carpenter. He eventually ran away and won his freedom in the North. He educated himself and married. Douglass became a leader of the abolitionist movement to end slavery. He gathered Black men as Union soldiers, including his sons. He also met with President Lincoln.

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Making Connections


Imagine you are living during the Civil War. What are your daily routines? How has your life changed?


Have you read any other books about life during the Civil War? What information was the same in each book? What information was different?


How might the United States look today if the American Civil War never happened?

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