Thursday, November 27, 2014

Richard Frethorne Letter

One of the devices I like to use with US history students is primary documents as I find the liven up what is often a boring textbook.  One of my favorites is Richard Frethorne's letter to his parents as an indentured servant in Virginia in 1623.   He describes wanting to trade his arm for being back in England, but instead died a few months after he wrote the letter. 

3 comments:

Callie Thames said...

Hello my name is Callie. I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I love the use of Primary documents. They are not only reliable, but provide great vivid details of what went on in the past. The details they create allow the students to fully use their imagination to create this event in their heads.

Ken Halla said...

Thanks for the comment and good luck with the class.

Rifle Scott said...

totally agree with previous commenter , they are the best way to do it