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ERIC Number: ED463200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Petition Signed by Thomas A. Edison for Sunday Openings at the World's Columbian Exposition. The Constitution Community: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900).
Simmons, Linda
In 1893, in just 184 days, 28 million people, about one-third of the U.S. population, visited the World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago (Illinois). This lesson focuses on petitioning the federal government, peaceably assembling, and exercising freedom of speech and religion, all of which are protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lesson correlates to the National History Standards and to the National Standards for Civics and Government. The lesson's primary source document is the petition signed by Thomas A. Edison and 49 others of Orange, New Jersey, asking for the repeal of the act closing the World's Columbian Exposition on Sundays. The lesson presents the historical background (with four resources) about the World's Columbian Exposition; describes the many events which occurred; and suggests diverse teaching activities for classroom implementation, including an introductory activity, document analysis, student research projects, group discussion, and creative writing. Appended are the Edison document and a written document analysis worksheet. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment; United States Constitution