Washington Crosses Delaware

Historical content: 
The Revolutionary War and Early America
Historical skills: 
Sourcing

Assessment

Directions: 

Use the image to answer the question below.

Source: 

This lithograph, titled "Washington crossing the Delaware: on the evening of December 25th, 1776, previous to the Battle of Trenton," was created in 1876 by John B. Cameron.

Question:

The image, "Washington crossing the Delaware," is a useful resource for historians who wish to understand what happened during the Battle of Trenton of 1776. 

Do you agree or disagree? 

Briefly support your answer.

About the Assessment

Like The First Thanksgiving, this assessment measures students’ ability to source a document.  When historians interpret a document, they first look to find out who wrote it and when.  This information presents important clues about whether the source provides reliable evidence about the past.  This assessment gauges whether students understand an important aspect of sourcing: the time elapsed between when a document was produced and the event that it depicts.   

Students who understand the importance of when a document was produced will see that this painting is of limited use to historians who wish to understand the Battle of Trenton because it was produced 100 years after the event.