While we can answer the first question (Is our community racist today?) because we can use our own experiences and observations as evidence, … We can’t possibly answer the second question (Was our community more racist in the past?) without using rich, detailed historical evidence.
Students are using the documents below to piece together a historical narrative of what they think is reasonable to believe about an event in Vancouver in 1907.
CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSFUL THINKING:
- Can I use historical evidence to make rich inferences?
- Are my arguments well supported by multiple sources of evidence?
- Can I make speculations that are reasonable to believe when I need to fill in a gap in the story about what happened?