Teach PA History
Crossing the Delaware: A Visual Myth or Reality?

Where did Washington get the boats to cross the Delaware River? Would the owner have been proud that his boats were used in the American victory? Assign students to read the Durham Furnace Behind the Marker story. Discuss the divisions of loyalties between colonists. Watch the movie The Crossing. Have students identify historical inaccuracies in the movie based upon what they learned. Ask students to research other paintings that contain historical inaccuracies. Adapt the "History Painting Analysis" worksheet for use with the paintings.

Field Trips

Washington Crossing Historic Park: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

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