Nicknamed the "Golden State," California joined the Union in 1850. The primary sources in this set document key moments in the state’s story, and provide opportunities for students to explore that rich history further.
Use the question sets and analysis tool to deepen student engagement and thinking about these compelling, imperfect objects. Select questions such as:
What do you see?
Why do you think this item was made?
What do you wonder about this item?
Or extend student learning by asking them to write a caption for the item, imagine what happened an hour before or after what the item portrays, or expand a textbook or other secondary account of history to include the item.
These primary sources can raise further questions about the time, place, or events from which they emerged, and can prompt students to further investigation of the state’s history.