Students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers.
Learn how slavery shattered family life through the pre-Civil War letters of those whose loved ones were taken away or left behind.
See how the rhetoric of women’s rights evolved from the “Declaration of Sentiments” of 1848 to the suffragist arguments that finally prevailed.
Using the life of Davy Crockett as a model, students learn the characteristics of tall tales and how these stories reflect their historical moment. The lesson culminates with students writing a tall tale of their own.
Work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail.
Students analyze archival material such as photos, documents, and posters, to understand the phenomenon of the Transcontinental Railroad.