How do you make sense of contrasting accounts of historical events? What makes one source more reliable than another? How does corroborating information across sources help confirm or discredit historical accounts? In this lesson, students engage in such questions as they evaluate and compare different types of primary source documents with different perspectives on working conditions in English textile factories at the beginning of the 19th century.
Image: Illustration of Steelworks at Barrow-in-Furness made in 1877 or earlier. From the Wikimedia Commons.