History GCSE: The experience of African American soldiers in Europe in WW1

The experience of African American soldiers in France is contrasted with the prejudices faced in their own military.

New social and military freedoms acquired from serving with French military units are explored and explained by an academic.

The US military’s refusal to accept and their actions to subsequently limit these changes are discussed.

This clip is from the series The World's War.

Teacher Notes

Students could build on their literacy skills by drafting a letter to the NAACP magazine The Crisis, in the person of Freddie Stowers relating his experiences of serving in the French army and the new freedoms he has experienced.

Curriculum Notes

These films are suitable for teaching History at Key Stage 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 4th Level in Scotland.

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