Image information:
On Board an Emigrant Ship
from Ballou's Pictorial,
Saturday, December 30, 1871

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Print Room

Information on image - Boston Photo Imaging Neg # 29852 (1/26/98) slide on file

Lesson Process

On Board an Emigrant Ship

Step 1

As a class, you will discuss the following questions:

Step 2

You will be assigned a different perspective to consider while analyzing the primary source documents throughout this lesson. These perspectives include that of an immigrant, a temperance movement activist, and that of a modern-day newspaper reporter.

Step 3

Listen and take notes on a lecture that provides an overview of the Irish famine.

Step 4

Progress of Temperance WorksheetUsing your perspective assigned in step 2, examine a copy of the Chelsea Record, a Temperance newspaper from the 1840s. Read the articles on the "Progress of Temperance" and complete the Progress of Temperance Worksheet.

 

 

Step 5

Your teacher will ask you to read and analyze specific articles from the Winnisimmet Pioneer, another Temperance newspaper that was printed in Chelsea.

These articles include:

Winnisimmet Pioneer - March 20, 1847
Winnisimmet Pioneer - March 20, 1847 - page 1 Winnisimmet Pioneer - March 20, 1847 - page 2
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Winnisimmet Pioneer - March 20, 1847 - page 3 Winnisimmet Pioneer - March 20, 1847 - page 4
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Drunkenness in Boston Worksheet

 

After reading the assigned articles, complete the Drunkenness in Boston Worksheet.

 

 

Step 6

S.I.G.H.T. Worksheet

Using the S.I.G.H.T. Worksheet, analyze political cartoons and drawings from this time period by independently describing how each artist depicts immigration.

 

 

Step 7

You will be broken up into groups and read excerpts from "50 Arguments for Sustaining the Massachusetts Anti-Liquor Law," with each group reading one pre-selected point.

Each group will identify:

Fifty Arguments in Favour of Sustaining and Enforcing the Massachusetts Anti-Liquor Law by Rufus Wheelwright Clark, 1853.
Fifty Arguments in Favour of Sustaining and Enforcing the Massachusetts Anti-Liquor Law by Rufus Wheelwright Clark, 1853. pg. 15 Fifty Arguments in Favour of Sustaining and Enforcing the Massachusetts Anti-Liquor Law by Rufus Wheelwright Clark, 1853. pg. 23
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Fifty Arguments in Favour of Sustaining and Enforcing the Massachusetts Anti-Liquor Law by Rufus Wheelwright Clark, 1853. pg. 24 Fifty Arguments in Favour of Sustaining and Enforcing the Massachusetts Anti-Liquor Law by Rufus Wheelwright Clark, 1853. pg. 39
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Fifty Arguments in Favour of Sustaining and Enforcing the Massachusetts Anti-Liquor Law by Rufus Wheelwright Clark, 1853. pg. 40
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Step 8

From the perspective which you were assigned in step 2 (immigrant, temperance movement activist or modern-day newspaper reporter), write an essay in which you answer the questions: