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Interpreting the Evidence

Catskill Highway (New York State Thruway), Designed 1946

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Era:

    Turn of the Century and WWI (1890 - 1930)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Lower Elementary
    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

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  • Regions:

    New York State

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
Typical highway grade crossing elimination - Catskill Thruway - two lane highway passing over fully developed thruway - designed by HD Becker, 1946.
Historical Context
This image shows the development of the automobile and roads, in this case the New York State Thruway, in the middle of the twentieth century.
Essential Question
How does the availability of transporation affect the economic and cultural aspects of a society?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the impact of this technology on the local communities.
Historical Challenges
How did Henry Ford revolutionize car manufacturing?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math, Science, English Language Arts: Because gas prices are increasing all the time, some scientists are working to create alternatives to gasoline for cars. What are some of these alternative fuels? What is their fuel mileage? Compare their mileage to a regular gasoline-powered car. Create an advertising campaign publicizing the attributes of alternative-fueled cars. Write a persuasive speech about them and present the speech to your class.