ERIC Number: ED401173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Different Voices, Different Truths: The 1827 Murder at Cherry Hill, A Social History Teaching Unit.
Watrous, Rebecca; And Others
This unit contains primary documents and teaching activities related to an early 19th-century crime. The packet analyzes a murder that occurred at the Cherry Hill farm near Albany, New York, in 1827. The subsequent trial of the man and woman accused of the murder reveals much about the values and fabric of the society of the time. Elsie Whipple was tried and acquitted as an accomplice in the murder of her husband John, while her lover, Jesse Strang, was executed for the murder. Background information helps teachers use the sources and activities in the unit, with emphasis on three key documents: a pamphlet, "The Confession of Jesse Strang Made to C. Pepper, Esq., Albany, New York, August, 1827"; and two newspaper articles, "Jesse Strang's Trial, The Albany & Daily City Gazette, Albany, New York, August 4, 1827"; and "Elsie Whipple's Trial, The Albany Argus & Daily City Gazette,, Albany, New York, August 6, 1827." Includes teaching guides, student handouts and activities, a glossary, and a list of suggested readings. (EH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Crime, Family History, Females, Homicide, Law Related Education, Local History, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Environment, Social History, Social Studies, Violence, Womens Studies
Reading & O'Reilly, Inc., Box 302, 2 Kensett Avenue, Wilton, CT 06897 ($45).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Historic Cherry Hill Museum, NY.
Note: Facsimiles of newspaper articles not available due to reproducibility problems.