Does your language alter your morals?

Or, does responding in a foreign language influence the choices you make?  Consider this article Amrit found about the role language plays in determining the best action when thinking through the trolley car dilemma.

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The History Unit

On Tuesday, December 5th, as an introduction to our history unit, you are going to be asked to examine several historical artifacts.  You will only get a few minutes with each artifact, so use your time wisely.  Your job is to determine what can be known from the artifacts.  You must read and examine ten artifacts and then explain in writing what can be inferred from an analysis based on your examination of at least three artifacts.  Today’s guiding question is:

What challenges does a historian face when analyzing a written text?

As you take notes, you should consider:

Read one article:  Where is it from?  What date?  What is its purpose?  What can we infer about its authors?  What can we infer about the readers?  What can be inferred about the society at the time?

Read one advertisement: Where is it from?  What date?  What is its purpose?  What can we infer about its authors?  What can we infer about the readers?  What can be inferred about the society at the time?

These are the years of the artifacts:

  1. 1812
  2. 1816
  3. 1822
  4. 1823
  5. 1824
  6. 1841
  7. 1845
  8. 1856
  9. 1860
  10. 1868
  11. 1879
  12. 1918

For class tomorrow, arrive with your brief paragraph explaining what inferences you drew from your examination. (consider at least 3 artifacts in your analysis)