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Unit 3: Set 5: Fred Gerard & The Fur Trade - Activities

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  1. Discussion: Consider the implications of intercultural marriage. How does the couple decide which cultural traditions will be passed on to their children? How should their families and friends adapt to the situation? Should one person give up their language, faith, and other traditions?
  1. Analysis: Evaluate the role of fur traders such as Fred Gerard in the social and cultural transitions on the northern plains. Compare it to other transitional (change) forces such as those brought by the Army, the railroad, and territorial government. Draw some conclusions about Gerard as a businessman, father, husband, and agent of change.

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