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Historical Inquiry with the Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870) Occupations and School Attendance Chart

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This activity allows students to compare and contrast U.S. occupational categories and school attendance in 1870 across genders and states. It provides questions for students to practice historical inquiry and evaluate the chart. The questions are divided into the following topics: observe, reflect, question, and analyze. This activity may be used to introduce and engage students in the process of historical inquiry and/or to supplement study of workforce participation in the United States.

•  Activity (pdf)

Supplemental material:
•  PDF1_SA1870Gainful-Occupations

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Audience:   High School, Middle School
Language:   English
Subjects:   History, Geography
Resource Types:   Activity, Primary Source Documents
Concepts:   Human Capital, Factors of Production/Productive Resources