Today, we launch our third unit, which will explore on social, economic, and cultural history of early and mid nineteenth-century America. This unit will be anchored by a week-long Cemetery Project, and therefore we will be linking much of the content to local history here in Salisbury.
As we watch this short (25-minute) documentary film, consider:
To start class, spend 3 minutes to address the following question in your journal:
In our brief follow up discussion, we will review how the Articles of Confederation worked and why the former colonists were inclined to organize themselves as a loose association of states.
With a new structure that made politics feel close to home for citizens in the colonies, it is a good opportunity to think about what was going on right here in Salisbury, Connecticut.
Take a look at an engraving of the Salisbury Town Meeting House (image) where the meeting would have taken place. Consider:
Proposal from the Salisbury Town Meeting (6 May 1783) (Google Docs links for: HH250-09, HH250-10, and HH250-15).
Concluding remarks (if time allows):