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ERIC Number: ED085281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 28
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America in Perspective: Yesterday's Questions and Today's Students.
Danzer, Gerald A.
In 1780, a prize was established in France for the best answer to the question; "Was the discovery of America a blessing or a curse to mankind?" This question and its only response from an individual living in America, constitute the basis of a high school history class unit. The background of the question and the content are developed, stressing academic discussions about America in eighteenth-century Europe, especially in France. A short biography of Jeremy Belknap, the American Rrespondent, is presented, emphasizing his other writings. A classroom study guide describes how the essay may be used in the classroom by suggesting techniques for the study of its style, form, and content. The primary benefit of the question is seen as a stimulus for the student in considering America as a whole and in placing this larger idea of America in the context of mankind. Further reading materials are discussed. Belknap's answer and a form for recording the viewpoints of aboriginal Americans, African Negroes, European immigrants and those who remained in Europe, are reproduced. (KSM)
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