Sarah Green Probate Record

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The proof is in the probate record. Much can be learned about history by investigating old, primary source documents. Class members hone their detective skills by examing the 1759 probate record of Sarah Green. Who was this lady? Was she relatively wealthy? Was she educated? Married women at that time could not own real property yet Sarah's probate record reveals she owned a lot of stuff. What then can be deduced? Guided by study questions, class members draw conclusions from the information recorded on the document.

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Pros

  • A good way to introduce learners to primary source analysis
  • Background information for teachers is included in the packet
Cons

  • The exercise assumes class members are familiar with the view that slaves at that time were considered real property