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Six Degrees of Separation Example: Lincoln's Axe to William Jennings Bryan

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This is a finished version of the "Six Degrees of Separation" AP USH review activity, including annotations explaining the links between objects. This may be useful to share with students the first time you try the activity. Note that connections should be deeper than similarities or coincidental links; they should reflect a causal relationship. In addition, you might ask students to present some analysis of the resources they chose, identifying key details.

The original activity is available here:


Wooden Campaign Parade Axe, 1860

National Museum of American History

Lincoln at Gettysburg III

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Fifteenth Amendment

National Portrait Gallery

Sharecroppers and Blackberry Pickers

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

5c National Grange single

National Postal Museum

William Jennings Bryan

National Portrait Gallery