Historical Research and Study: The USS Maine

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The first investigators determined the USS Maine sank because of
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an outside mine.
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The photograph shows the USS Maine, which sank in 1898. Which question might a historian ask to investigate what happened?
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Where did the sinking take place?
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Eyewitnesses often have different accounts of events, so historians must
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evaluate each account to discover the truth.
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Which would be the most helpful question to ask to investigate the Maine sinking?
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Were any parts of the ship already damaged or in need of repair?
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Soon after the USS Maine sank, yellow journalists
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exaggerated the truth about the event.
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National Geographic commissioned a study of the Maine sinking in
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1998.
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Historians base interpretations of past events on
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evidence they collect.
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The National Geographic findings on the sinking of the Maine were mostly based on
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advanced computer modeling.
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What is an assumption historians make when they evaluate a source of information?
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They know an expert will provide the most accurate information.
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The photo shows a newspaper report from 1898 on the sinking of the USS Maine. How could a new point of view help historians understand this report?
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It could help them develop a better understanding of past ideas.

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