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About Getting Course Credit

Why did the Virginia Company fail? Who freed the slaves? Was U.S. intervention in Korea justified? The very questions we ask about the past change over time. However, it's not the past that changes, but our understanding of it. Our task then becomes clear: We ask new questions, seek out sources, have discussions, and analyze and study the information we have discovered so that we can reach a higher understanding of the past. When we take time to stop and dig deeply into the variety of issues and causes that go into explaining any historical event, we are better historians and teachers of history.

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Ideas for using the videos and Web site, suggestions for facilitators, discussions on teaching controversial content and historiography.

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Suggestions for examining firsthand evidence and artifacts of the past.

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Synopsis of each workshop.

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Get to know the Primary Sources players.

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Books and Web sites for further exploration.


To gain a deeper understanding of historical content for eight topics in American history.

To become a student yourself by watching video lectures and discussions, reading and analyzing primary source documents and images, having discussions with colleagues, and participating in activities.

To use debates, questions, and challenges of colleagues to yield new interpretations of history.

Primary Sources: Workshops in American History, a new video collection and online workshop produced by WGBH-TV Boston, was created for American history high school teachers to probe eight topics in American history extensively and deeply. Working with four leading scholars, the teachers become students themselves through lectures, videos, discussions, readings of primary source documents, and activities. Their debates, questions, and challenges of one another yield new interpretations of history.

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