Historical Research: Marshaling Needed Information to Construct a Narrative and Explanation
Research the conflict between the United States and the Indians of northwestern Ohio in 1791. Read the account of the battle General Arthur St. Clair sent to Secretary of War Henry Knox as recorded in “A Collection of Some of the Most Interesting Narratives of Indian Warfare in the West.” Investigate the appointment of General Anthony Wayne as commander of U.S. forces after St. Clair’s removal and the defeat of the Indian confederacy at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. Examine Wayne’s proclamation calling for peace a few weeks after the battle. Use other sources as necessary to gain information about the conflict.
Use the information you have gathered to design a museum display that will teach others about this conflict. What questions will your display answer? What information will it provide? How will you explain the causes and effects of the conflict? Sketch your display on a large sheet of poster paper and provide a one- to two-page explanation of the information to be provided.