This Japan and America assessment also includes:
When Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan and demonstrated American naval strength, he forced the empire to engage in trade with the United States. How did this new, strong-armed relationship influence both parties? Pupils consider the effects by examining a print of American life by a Japanese artist created in 1861.
- Develop additional questions that prompt scholars to consider how the views of other nations help people understand American history
- Create a free Stanford History Education Group account to use the activity
- Class members may need background on America's relationship with Japan in the 1800s to interpret the primary source
- Art is visually stimulating and engaging
- Activity student to consider various perspectives of history
- Starter question could be perceived as ethnocentric, as it only questions the reliability of the artwork