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Interpreting the Evidence

Account Book of Samuel Townsend, Page 32

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Eras:

    Revolution and New Nation (1754 - 1820s)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Upper Elementary
    Middle School

  • Topics:

    African Americans
    American Revolution

  • Primary Source Types:

    Written Document

  • Regions:

    Long Island

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Connection to NYS Social Studies Framework
4.3 COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD IN NEW YORK: European exploration led to the colonization of the region that became New York State. Beginning in the early 1600s, colonial New York was home to people from many different countries. Colonial New York was important during the Revolutionary Period.
(Standards: 1, 3, 4; Themes: MOV, TCC, GEO, SOC, GOV)
4.3b Colonial New York became home to many different peoples, including European immigrants, and free and enslaved Africans. Colonists developed different lifestyles.
Students will examine the colonial experience of African Americans, comparing and contrasting life under the Dutch and under the British.

This document and lesson is referenced in the young adult book "Remember Liss". The lesson can be used with students reading this book as a way for them to dive deeper into the primary source evidence.