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[Detail] An accurate map of North America.

Interpreting Historical Fiction

Read April Morning, a novel by Howard Fast. April Morning is a fictional account of the events in Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, as observed by 15-year-old Adam Cooper, son of Moses Cooper, one of the leaders in the Committee of Safety in Lexington. Compare Adam Cooper's point of view with that of the creator of the following map detail (or others obtained from the original map using MrSID technology). Complete one of the following assignments:

  • Write an essay comparing the two points of view.
  • Create a map that depicts the experience of Adam Cooper.
  • Write a brief descriptive account (similar to Adam Cooper's) of the incidents at Lexington and Concord from the mapmaker's point of view.