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Chronological Reasoning and Causation

Factories

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Era:

    Industrialization (1870 - 1900)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Comprehension

  • Grade Level:

    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    Industry
    Labor

  • Primary Source Types:

    Photograph
    Written Document

  • Regions:

    Southern Tier
    Central New York
    Mohawk Valley
    Capital District
    New York State
    United States

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

  1. Load Time Card for Female Worker, 1911 in Main Image Viewer
  2. Load Time Card for Female Worker, 1911 in Main Image Viewer
  3. Load Woman Working in Factory, c. 1912 in Main Image Viewer
  4. Load The $6.50 a Week Girl in Main Image Viewer
  5. Load The $6.50 a Week Girl in Main Image Viewer
  6. Load N.Y.S.F.I.C. Form 12: Supplement to Form 9, Establishment 516, Rose Hoffman Interview in Main Image Viewer
  7. Load N.Y.S.F.I.C. Form 12: Supplement to Form 9, Establishment 516, Rose Hoffman Interview in Main Image Viewer
  8. Load N.Y.S.F.I.C. Form 12: Supplement to Form 9, Establishment 516, Rose Hoffman Interview in Main Image Viewer
  9. Load Sarah Bytherski Interview in Main Image Viewer
  10. Load Sarah Bytherski Interview in Main Image Viewer
  11. Load Shoemaking: Stitching Room in Main Image Viewer
  12. Load Washing, Filling, and Crowning Mineral Water Bottles at Saratoga Springs in Main Image Viewer
  13. Load N.Y.S.F.I.C. Form 3: Wage Classification, Establishment 7618 in Main Image Viewer
  14. Load N.Y.S.F.I.C. Form 3: Wage Classification, Establishment 7618 in Main Image Viewer
  15. Load N.Y.S.F.I.C. Form 3: Wage Classification, Establishment 7618 in Main Image Viewer
  16. Load N.Y.S.F.I.C. Form 4: Hours of Work, Establishment 7618 in Main Image Viewer
  17. Load Meat Packing Industry: Trimming Pork in Main Image Viewer

Suggested Teaching Instructions

Divide students into groups of three or four.

Ask them to analyze one of the documents from the factories activity.

Each group presents their findings to the rest of the class. 

Each student uses evidence from the document analysis to answer the essential question.