1877 Railroad Strike

Rubric

To answer this question correctly, students must first explain why a newspaper account alone is not conclusive evidence about the role of workers in the 1877 railroad strike in Columbus.  They then must determine whether each of three documents could be used to corroborate the newspaper account.  

Level Description
Proficient

Question 1: Student explains that the newspaper article might not provide enough evidence to understand the role of workers in the Columbus violence because it is a second-hand account published hundreds of miles away. 

 

Emergent

Question 1: Student shows some understanding of the limits of using the article to determine the role of workers in the Columbus violence but does not provide a full explanation. 

 

Basic

Question 1: Student does not identify the limitations of using the newspaper article to understand the role of workers in the Columbus violence.