The Story of the Iron Riders: Buffalo Soldiers and Bicycles
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: New November 2022! The story of 20 Black soldiers crossing the country on bicycles in 1897 is a fascinating tale of fortitude. Learn more about it by viewing this video.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: DUSHistory-192**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have students research and create a map of the 1900 mile trek made by the Buffalo soldiers. The map should have a title, legend, grid, compass rose to indicate direction, and scale as well as showing terrain and geographic features.
  • The black and white images in the video are very striking. Have students take images around the school and neighborhood in black and white and create a classroom exhibit to display these.


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.