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Historical Inquiry with 75 Years of American Finance

This unique activity features a primary source from the Fed's online archive, FRASER. 75 Years of American Finance: A Graphic Presentation, 1861-1935, is an 85-foot long detailed timeline compiled in 1936. The activity reviews the document layout and provides historical inquiry questions divided into four sections: observe, reflect, question, and analyze. Students can evaluate any given year(s) of the timeline, and the document may be used to introduce historical inquiry and/or to support study of historical themes, years or eras noted in the timeline.

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Audience:   High School
Language:   English
Subjects:   History, Economics, Data Literacy
Resource Types:   Primary Source Documents, Charts/Graphs
Concepts:   Economy