October 15, 2019

Featured Source: Diagram of the Federal Government and American Union

Diagram of the Federal Government and American Union

Zoom into a detailed view of this diagram. Read the text and carefully review the details. Create a bulleted list of the the information you learned from the diagram. What does the text in the third column say is the purpose of this diagram? Do you think the diagram fulfills this purpose? Why or why not?

Based on the information provided in the diagram, what year do you think this diagram was created? Find and list at least three pieces of evidence from the diagram that support your supposition. Check your evidence-based guess with the dated listed in the bibliographic record. How close did you come to guessing the year this source was created?

Would this diagram make a good infographic based on today’s criteria? Read one of the articles linked to below. Based on the criteria listed in the article, is this “Diagram of the Federal Government and American Union” a good infographic? Why or why not? What changes might make this diagram a better infographic for the time period? How might you alter the diagram to update it for today?

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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