The Wreck of the Corinthian

Questions for Discussion

  • What can you learn from looking at a source document? How do first-person accounts differ from the history we might read in textbooks or see onscreen?
  • Reliability, authenticity, and accuracy are three important aspects of historical evidence. How would you valuate the three resources according to those three criteria?
  • Where and how could you get additional information about this event in history?
  • Why were ships from New Bedford in Alaskan waters?
  • Can you think of any other sources that could have information about this type of event?