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Learning Exercise

Material: The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale
Submitted by: William Paquette on Oct 12, 2004
Date Last Modified: Oct 12, 2004
Title: The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale
Description: The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale is a case study in how tragic character assassination can be in an 18th century New England town. This interactive site seeks to teach students how to piece fragmentary evidence together to reconstruct past events. Site users use primary sources including diaries, newspapers, and town records to decide for themselves what happened and why.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 5-7 hours.
Topics: Colonial New England
Women in Colonial America
Medicine in Colonial America
Course: United States History survey
Audience: College General Ed, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: The use of primary sources to recreate the past.
To improve writing skills via history.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Using The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale, write a 5-7 page paper describing the state of medicine with emphasis on midwifery in Colonial New England. Use either MLA, APA, or Turabian footnoting styles.
Additional Information URL: None.
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