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Chapter 1 info not mentioned in the TCI presentation. The Process of History Writing. Was World War II preventable ? Gathering e vidence that helps in making statements or drawing conclusions. Document, book, journal

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the process of history writing
The Process of History Writing
  • Was World War II preventable?
  • Gathering evidence that helps in making statements or drawing conclusions.
    • Document, book, journal
    • Artifact (something made by humans that reveals something about their lives) [My Tie]
    • Drawing
    • Music
    • Interviews with people
primary vs secondary sources
Primary vs Secondary Sources
  • Primary Source: A document or record of past events produced by people who experienced those events or lived during the time.
  • Secondary Source: Documents created later, typically by scholars or experts.
primary or secondary
Primary or Secondary?

1. An original Indian Tepee

2. A picture of you and your

friends at Disneyland

3. A historian article about Pearl Harbor from interviews of those actually there.

4. The Arc de Triomphe

5. Your Text Book

point of view bias
Point of View & Bias
  • “History is written by the Victors.”
  • All history is subject to point of view, which means it is seen through the perspective or opinion of the creator.
  • Because all history is seen from a point of view it is subject to bias, or personal preference/prejudice about a specific topic.
    • American Revolution
american revolution
American Revolution
  • A fight for independence from the British over issues of taxation and lack of rights. The Colonists won, and were liberated from the British King! TAUGHT TO EVERY AMERICAN STUDENT.
  • The American Colonies rebelled against the Crown. An effort was made to reunify the Colony, but was abandoned do to its unpopularity. Britain gained a great trading partner. NOT EVEN MENTIONED IN ENGLAND.
time interpretation
Time & Interpretation
  • Historians normally attempt to put things in the order that they happen making a Chronology.
  • Historical Interpretation is the process of finding the meaning or significance of historical events.
  • We are going to do our own historical interpretation on the next slide.
historical interpretations
Historical Interpretations
  • What is going on?
  • Who is the person being hung?
  • Does knowing the person’s name change your opinion of what is going on from just seeing the picture?
  • Who is John Brown, and what did he do to be sentenced to death by hanging for the crime of treason?
history is never finish
History is never finish…
  • History isn’t Science or Math. More often then not there is more than one right answer.
  • This makes history extremely easy, but it also makes it more difficult.
  • “Being right” will depend on how well you pick the argument that you are actually trying to make, develop that argument, and use primary and secondary sources to support your argument.
  • You can right one things, your friend can write another, you both can be equally right, and you both can receive really good grades.
why study history
Why Study History
  • Help us develop empathy for others
    • Empathy is the ability to imagine oneself in another’s place and to understand that person’s feelings, desires, ideas, and actions. (Dwight Eisenhower & the Atomic Bomb)
  • Makes us better thinkers
    • History develops critical thinking skills that will benefit you in all your classes
  • Teaches use to avoid errors of the past
    • “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
  • It’s Interesting.
    • Really it is…. I’m also your history teacher.