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How to Use the Images


Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Photo 1
Illustration 2
Photos 2 & 3
Photo 4


Table of

Visual Evidence

Illustration 1: 19th-century blast
furnace in operation.
[Illustration 1] with link to larger version of illustration.
(National Park Service, Richard Schlecht, illustrator)

Questions for Illustration 1

1. Based on the readings and Illustration 1, describe how a blast furnace operated.

2. What jobs are being performed by the men in the illustration?

3. What was the purpose of the blowing tubs? How were they powered?

4. Molten iron can reach a temperature of 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. What protective clothing do the workers shown in this illustration wear? What other protection would you want if you were working at a furnace?

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