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The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Twelfth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Examining the Evidence Activites
Chapter 4: American Life in the Seventeenth Century, 1607-1692


Chapter 4: Investigating Related Evidence: An Indentured Servant's Contract, 1746
This internet activity is based on the Examining the Evidence feature found on page 69 of The American Pageant, Twelfth Edition. Or you can view the feature here.

Another type of historical document that historians find very useful is a newspaper. These have the added advantage of being printed not handwritten, however reading them still presents challenges. To investigate further, go to the American Digital Library's website. First read at least the first few sections of How to Read a 200 Year Old Document. Then click on Pages from the Past and examine Ben Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette January 2, 1750.

Look carefully at the newspaper's articles and answer the following questions:
  1. What is the purpose of the four articles that have a sailboat illustration next to them?
  2. Identify and describe three articles that are advertisements for items for sale.
  3. Identify and describe three legal notices that appear in the newspaper.
  4. Are there any indentured servants or enslaved persons for sale? In which articles?






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