Teaching Idea: What sources do you use to understand the past?
Emanuel Leutze's painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware", represents the brilliance and desperation of a critical moment in the American Revolution on a vast scale and is one of the most recognizable paintings in the history of American Art. Yet, it was not created during the time of the Revolution, but was made in a period of political tumult in Europe in the mid-19th century. Watch this video about the history of this painting and how we can examine it as a historical source. What are your sources for historical inquiry and what limitations do they have for understanding? What additional voices and sources might you seek out?
Watch video: https://smarthistory.org/leutze-washington-crossing-the-delaware/