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The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale

The Martha Ballard Case Study: A Midwife's Tale

Based on a case of a tragic assassination of character in an 18th century New England town, this interactive site seeks to teach students how historians must piece fragmentray evidence together to reconstruct past events. It has them browse diaries, newspapers, and town records to decide for themselves what happened and with what justification.


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Keith Sisson
Keith Sisson (Faculty)
12 years ago

This site offers students an excellent introduction into historical research and analysis through the use of primary sources.  The site has great potential as a teaching and learning tool, however, it is limited to a specific subtopic within the late colonial period in American history.  The site is rather easy to navigate and offers some rather clever tools to aid the user in perusing the site's primary documents.

Paivi Hoikkala
Paivi Hoikkala (Faculty)
15 years ago
This site provides an excellent tool for teaching students about the work of historians. Especially interesting is the inclusion of the actual diary pages that students get to decipher. The historical toolkit also is useful in providing a step-by-step overview of historical interpretation.

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Navigating the site is a bit of a challenge. Attempts to view the film clips also presented some techical difficulties.