We might explore a number of issues related to the selection we pulled out, including, but not limited to:
The author himself appeared surprised at some of his findings. Was there any points raised that altered your view of nineteenth-century American life?
What are some of the patterns you see emerging in this text? Do any themes tie together the various aspects explored by the author?
How does this article compare to some of our readings from units 1 and 2? How is this a different type of history? If history is not just about wars, constitutions, and great men, what is the purpose of history?
How do various social categories (gender, social class, or other identities) play out in this text?
What facts from this document appear most useful for use in constructing a historical-fictional account of the period? Why?
With a partner, students select a nineteenth century identity. Spend 5 minutes reading/discussing the role. Then, take 10 minutes to write a description of that individual and his or her life (go ahead and be creative!). Post your work here on Canvas (5 points for substantive completion and engagement with text):