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Exhibitions:

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

Historical photograph of numerous people gathered in an encampmentBinding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine

During the American Civil War, African Americans moved beyond the prejudices they faced to serve as soldiers, nurses, surgeons, laundresses, cooks, and laborers. Their participation challenged the prescribed notions of both race and gender, and pushed the boundaries of the role of blacks in America. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine explores the stories of men and women who came from different backgrounds and life experiences, but whose desire to participate in the cause for freedom transcended class, education, and social position.

The online exhibition features a range of resources for educators and students, including lesson plans developed by classroom teachers for middle and high school classes, and a higher education module developed by a scholar working in the discipline for undergraduate and graduate students and instructors, educational online activities, and additional resources.

Beginning in October 2010, Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries became available as a traveling exhibition free of charge to interested libraries and cultural centers. Please go to Book a Traveling Exhibition for more information.