We took a deep dive with primary sources today to recreate in a small way what historians do when wrestling with a question about the past. We used documents relating to a murder mystery from 1870 in Helena, Montana. One goal for today's activity was for you to walk away with a more detailed and nuanced understanding of how different groups interacted in the American West after the Civil War, and also to see how different social institutions developed.
Tomorrow we will have our third Scored Discussion, in which we will explore the other major issue of Westward Expansion, the question of relationships between the United States and American Indian Nations. Make sure you have your pre-write completed and you are ready to discuss tomorrow! We may have visitors pop in, but if we do, we will just keep rolling along with our business. Remember that Scored Discussion Days or "no devices" days!