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An Apprentice's Indenture Contract (with text supports)

Many English settlers arrived in the colonies as indentured servants. Because poor men and women could not afford the cost of travel to North America, they bound themselves for four to seven years’ labor in return for passage across the [...]

Analysis Worksheet: "An Apprentice's Indenture Contract"

Use this worksheet as a scaffold to help students analyze a colonial-era "An Apprentice's Indenture Contract."

Analysis of "Showing the Light to the Filipinos"

This short activity helps students analyze a political cartoon about U.S. imperialism in the Philippines. To complete the activity, the teacher will need either a map or a globe to show students the relative distance between the United States and [...]

Analysis Worksheet: "Showing the Light to the Filipinos"

This worksheet helps students analyze the political cartoon "Showing the Light to the Filipinos."

Understanding the Preamble Assessment

This assessment gauges whether students have understood key ideas about and in the Preamble to the United States Constitution. It is part of the activity "The Evolution of the Preamble."

Analysis Worksheet: The Preamble

This worksheet helps students analyze the Preamble to the United States Constitution. It includes vocabulary and other supports for low-level readers. It is used in the activity "The Evolution of the Preamble."

Chart of Rights and Population in Revolutionary America

The 1770s and 1780s were a period of uneven social change in America. The first table shows the extent to which various groups in society could vote, serve on juries and own property through the 1780s. The second table shows a breakdown of the U.S. [...]

Claiming "We the People" worksheets

These worksheets help students analyze sets of primary sources for the activity "Claiming 'We the People': Political Participation in Revolutionary America."

Statistics about Life in Five Points

Five Pointers were destitute when they arrived and settled in New York’s poorest and most run-down neighborhood. On top of this, Irish Five Pointers worked for some of the lowest wages in the most dangerous and unstable jobs in the city. [...]

"Two Views of a Dead Rabbit"

This essay examines two images of members of an Irish street gang in the mid-nineteenth century that address issues of immigrant stereotyping, urban immigration, poverty, and reform in the wake of large-scale Irish immigration. The link includes the [...]

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