Finding Historical Evidence
Grade Level: 11th - 12th grade
Course: AP World History; African and African-American St
Key Words: Slave Trade; Slavery; Historical arguments; Evaluating evidence
This lesson puts equal emphasis on the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and on the craft of forming historical arguments. Students are asked to read a recent work from David Brion Davis, a leading historian of slavery, and to compare his arguments with evidence from the database. This forms the foundation for a discussion of what kinds of claims are harder to defend than others and why some types of evidence are more convincing than others.