Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management

Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
Mini DBQ: The Pullman Strike - Detecting Bias Labor vs Management
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I made this assignment to explore the famous Pullman Strike of the late 1800's but more so to work with students on detecting bias in primary sources, a skill that is becoming increasingly important in today's hyper-partisan, internet-bubble political world. Students read 4 primary source accounts from 2 different Chicago newspapers reporting on the Pullman Strike in 1894. Though reporting on the same event, the language, details, and focus of the articles subtly betray that one paper favored the striking union members, while one favored Pullman's management. Students highlight examples in the text and complete an organizer before writing 2 different thesis statements. You could easily turn this into an entire essay, but I like to spend that time having a discussion in class about the state of politics and media bias (or false accusations of bias) today.
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