April 25, 2017

Primary Source Learning: Women in Baseball

Princeton University woman baseball player

Use this primary source set of women in baseball to have students examine cultural attitudes of American women from the late 1800s through the 1920s. You might start with having students complete a gallery walk with the images. After, you might have them analyze the song lyrics and read various newspaper articles (be sure to have them read about the newspaper as well; to do so, click on the newspaper name). Next, you might challenge students to put the images in chronological order. Then you could have them check their order by reviewing the image bibliographic records. Finally, you might have students create products (poem, song, slideshow, etc.) that make personal connections and demonstrate their learning.

Images

 Star bloomer girls base ball club
Star bloomer girls base ball club
Is he going or coming?
Is he going or coming?
Boston national bloomer girl's base ball club
Boston national bloomer girl’s base ball club
Virginia Smoot of Columbia Jr. High School tagged out at third by Mabel Harvey of McFarland School during the ball game
Ball game which was part of the field day of the junior high schools
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2008678782/
Princeton University woman baseball player
Playing baseball at Madison, New JerseyPlaying baseball at Madison, New Jersey
"Bean him!"
“Bean him!”*
Female baseball player
Female baseball player
 
Socially prominent women and their daughters playing baseball
Socially prominent women and their daughters playing baseball

Sheet music

Newspaper articles

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