Cornelius Van Vorst, ca.1620; 
Jersey City Free Public Library; Grover Cleveland Political Cartoon; 
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historical Site Collection Peter Lee, former slave, ca.1880; 
Hoboken Historical Photographs Collection; Farm Map of Hillsboro, Somerset County, 1860; 
Historical Maps of New Jersey Collection; Bathing Beauties, 1890-1930; 
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Collection; Flag Salute, 1950; 
Seabrook Farms Collection;

Think Like an Historian About Primary Source Documents
Scaffolding For Critical Reading
  • Who do you think created the document? Can you tell?
  • Who is the targeted audience? (Please consider age, gender, class, culture)
  • What general time period was this document created?
  • What does it say about the culture during that time period?
  • What style is represented: persuasive, reflective, informational (please be aware of language, tone or the font size)
  • How accurate are the documents? Are they based on fact or opinion?
  • Did they obtain their objective?
  • Are there biases presented by the document or picture?
Main Points
  • What are the key ideas, best supported ideas, interesting or unique information?
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