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    American Civil War | Black Soldiers American Civil War.jpg

  • DiAnn Levy

    Black Union soldiers. Blacks composed 10% of the Union's fighting force during the Civil War. In the first years of the war, they were forced to volunteer. After 1862, however, they were paid. Memorial Day's roots are African American, did you know this?

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