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TABC Sophomores Study World War I

Tenth-grade World History students at TABC studied the sinking of the Lusitania and its impact on World War I, utilizing an original primary source document, a 1915 issue of The Sun—a New York newspaper—from the day after the sinking of the famous cruiseliner. Faculty member Susan Neumark’s great grandfather-in-law, Abe Niemark, was among the more than 1,300 people who perished as a result of the surprise German attack on the cruise ship. The newspaper is an artifact that has been with the Neumark family for over 100 years. By reading the different articles on this front page of The Sun, students came to understand the magnitude of this attack on the passengers as well as on countries who were still not involved in the war. Sophomore Jonathan Posner commented on the fact that the newspaper devoted the entire front page to this horrific attack and what that says about the sensational nature of the event. Students were each assigned different articles from the cover page and reported to the class what new information they learned about that infamous day in history.

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