Have students complete the handout "Annotating Primary Sources" on the patent image (individually or in groups). After sharing their analysis of the patent with the class, students may also share any follow-up questions they may have about the image or the people involved. After the discussion of these points, have students read (individually or in groups) the Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Mary Anderson; her rejection letter from Dinning & Eckenstein; and her obituary. Upon completion of individual or group reading of these sources, have students reevaluate their answers to the directed questions.
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