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The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
Length: 00:56:32
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In the 1890s, the United States Army thought it could replace the horse with the newly developed and highly popular "safety bicycle." Testing this theory, the army sent 20 African-American soldiers on a ride from Fort Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri -- 2,000 miles away. This program traces the group's route across the American West through the eyes of two of its riders: the enthusiastic white officer and a black first sergeant whose experience guided and motivated the enlisted men.

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