Constructing an Illustrated Timeline
A timeline shows events in the order they happened and can be a useful tool for examining relationships between events. When examining the development of material culture, an illustrated timeline can be especially helpful. Construct an illustrated timeline using one of the following:
- A timeline of fashion from 1860-1864 using Harper's New Monthly Magazine.
- A timeline of improvements in household technologies from 1870-1890 using Manufacturer and Builder.
Examine your finished timeline. What evidence do you see of continuity (things that stayed the same)? What might account for this continuity? What evidence do you see of change? What might account for this change? What events happening during the period you illustrated might have influenced the development of fashion or household technology? Can you see any evidence of that influence in your timeline?