ERIC Number: ED032333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
What Happened on Lexington Green: An Inquiry into the Nature and Methods of History. Teacher and Student Manuals.
Bennett, Peter S.
This social studies unit uses conflicting eyewitness and secondary accounts of what happened in Lexington, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1775, to illustrate the nature and methods of history and to encourage the student to function as an historian. Sections of the unit (1) introduce problems faced by historians by focusing on documentary materials relative to the Lexington incident, (2) survey the work of 19th- and 20th-century historians and textbook authors to illustrate the evolution in findings and opinions on the Lexington affair over 190 years, and (3) explore the philosophy of history by discussing the nature of "facts" and of historical inquiry as well as the differing ways by which the historian, scientist, and artist apprehend "reality." Included are excerpts from court records, from eyewitness and newspaper accounts of the Lexington incident, and from the works of English and American historians from 1805 through 1965. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (Author/JB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Amherst Coll., MA.