Historical Thinking and Skills
Students apply skills by using a variety of resources to construct theses and support or refute contentions made by others. Alternative explanations of historical events are analyzed and questions of historical inevitability are explored.
4. Historians analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.
When studying a historical event or person in history, historians analyze cause-and-effect relationships. For example, to understand the impact of the Great Depression, an analysis would include its causes and effects.
An analysis also would include an examination of the sequence and correlation of events. How did one event lead to another? How do they relate to one another?
An examination of the Great Depression would include the Federal Reserve Board’s monetary policies in the late 1920s as a short-term cause and the decline in demand for American farm goods after World War I as a long-term factor contributing to the economic downturn.
Expectations for Learning
Identify examples of multiple causation and long- and short- term causal relationships with respect to historical events.
Analyze the relationship between historical events taking into consideration cause, effect, sequence and correlation.