Exodusters: Definition & Explanation


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The end of what era led thousands of African Americans to leave the South?

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1. Which act served as a motivation for African Americans to seek new opportunities in the Great Plains?

2. Which state was the primary destination for most Exodusters?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The movement of African Americans (termed 'Exodusters') from the south to the Great Plains is an important aspect of post-civil war history. This quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of the facts and details of what African Americans endured.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on history involving:

  • Act that served as motivation for African Americans to find new opportunities in the Great Plains
  • Exoduster relocation
  • The departure of businesses from Nicodemus

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the effect of various acts
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history surrounding The Great Exodus.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the timeline of the primary Exoduster destination and the reason behind businesses leaving Nicodemus

Additional Learning

To learn more about The Great Exodus, review the accompanying lesson Exodusters: Definition & Explanation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the circumstances that led to The Great Exodus
  • Know the primary Exoduster destination and understand why it was the center of relocation
  • Know the role of Benjamin 'Pap' Singleton in The Great Exodus
  • Understand the effect of The Homestead Act of 1862
  • Know the history of the town of Nicodemus within The Great Exodus
  • Understand the state of life for relocated Exodusters and what led to The Great Migration