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Interpreting the Evidence

Old Horse Cart, New York City, c. 1900

  • 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 City
    New York State

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
An old horse cart on West Street, New York City, circa 1900.
Historical Context
This is West Street in New York City.
Essential Question
How does the availability of transportation 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 community.
Historical Challenges
Who invented the stoplight? When and why?
Interdisciplinary Connections
English Language Arts: Write an essay about what caused the need for organized transportation in cities.