Simulation V: American History Investigators, Inc.

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    Every round during this simulation our Field Agents post CASES for you to investigate. Our agents travel the world looking into items that may be of interest to us at American History Investigators, Inc.  AHI specializes in the assessment, valuation and collection of American antiques and relics that date from 1792 to 1860. We purchase items of historic significance and re-sell them to collectors, museums, governments, or at auction.  For a nominal fee, we also help individuals with questions about items of potential historic significance.


    You are a Purchasing Agent

    As a purchasing agent your job is to read and respond to the CASES & PUBLIC INQUIRIES (PI's) posted by our field agents, and to make recommendations to your boss. You are responsible for investigating the CASES & PI's, taking notes, and being prepared to discuss and make verbal recommendations based on your research and analysis.  You are expected to participate in discussions in the sense of being able to express reasons to support your position on whether the item is real or a hoax, and whether or not AHI should purchase this item.


    CASES versus PUBLIC INQUIRIES (PI’s)

    AHI is also in the business of helping individuals from all over the world to identify, classify, clarify and explain items of historic significance to the US.  For a fee, people email AHI asking questions. These questions are posted for all Purchasing Agents to see.  We do our best to answer these queries and provide as much historic background, context and detail as possible.  In general, public inquiries are easier.  However, sometimes PI’s can be frustrating because people have unusual, sometimes bizarre questions.  Since we are professionals and want return customers, we answer all question in a respectful manner, no matter how ridiculous or obvious these questions may seem to us.


    How Purchasing Agents are Paid

    +$10 is the standard payment for pointing out a fact or detail of significance.  A significant fact or detail means it is directly related to the case, or it’s important information necessary to figure out the case.

    +10 is the standard payment for asking or answering a simple question related to the case or the presentation of a theory about a cases.

    +$10 is the standard payment for expressing a supporting but previously missing fact or detail.  You are “chiming in” by providing a fact of detail that backs up their comprehensive theory.

    +$10 is the standard payment for debunking a previously stated fact or detail.  This involves explaining, or debunking a previously expressed fact or detail.  Essentially, it is explaining why a previously accepted view of a fact or detail cannot be true.

    +$10 is the standard payment for illustrating a fact or detail of significance.  A significant fact or detail means it is directly related to the case, or it’s important information necessary to figure out the case.  Compound or complex illustrations of facts and details are possible and payment will take into consideration the number, clarity, method and complexity of illustrations used.

    +$10 is the standard payment for a simple valuations that do not include comprehensive theories or significant evidence to back it up.

    +$20 is the standard payment for debunking + providing a new interpretation of a previously stated fact or detail.

    +$20 is the standard payment for explaining connections. This involves explaining things related to important historic events, or connecting significant historic events to the case.

    +$20 is the standard payment for evidence-based valuations that do not include comprehensive theories and evidence.

    +$30 is the standard payment for asking or answering complex questions related to a someone’s theory about a case.

    +$30 is the standard payment for significant, complex connections.  This involves explaining multiple connections of historic value or relating them to the case.

    +$40 is the standard payment for significant, critical connections.  This involves pointing out, explaining, or debunking the historic connections others have previously expressed.

    +$40 is the standard payment for evidence-based valuations that are not presented as a part of a comprehensive theory.

    +$60 is the standard payment for presenting a comprehensive theory.  This involves making an evidence-based, well thought out explanation of a case.  All comprehensive theories must include valuations.

    +$60 is the standard payment for thoroughly debunking a comprehensive theory.  This involves disproving a theory by way a well thought out presentation of evidence. No alternate theory put forward. 

    +$80  is the standard payment for thoroughly debunking and then providing a comprehensive alternate theory.  This involves thoroughly “shooting down” or debunking a theory, directly followed by the presentation of an evidence-based alternative theory.

    +$100 is the standard payment for providing a comprehensive theory that goes unquestioned and unchallenged in any way.


    Absences

    If you're absent, go online, check out the cases, do the necessary research, and then e-file your written report(s).  Make sure to include the CASE and/or PI numbers.  At the top of the online page for each round you will find a link to submit your report.



      

    Your grade for Simulation V: AHI is relative to your goal.

    Everyone's goal is $2,000.  So, for example, if you earn $1,561 your grade would be an 78% [2000/1561=.78].





     FIELD AGENT BIOS

     
      
     Bernadine Gálvez

    Age: 26
    Home Town: Davie, Florida
    Education: Florida Atlantic University (BS, MA, Ph.D)
    Areas of special interest & expertise: 19th Century US History, Museum Studies, Document Forensics



     Mattias "Matty" von Steuben

    Age: 23
    Home Town:  Erfurt, Germany
    Education: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, University of Pennsylvania (MA, MS)
    Areas of special interest & expertise: 19th Century US History and Archaeology, US Military History and Antiques, 19th Century US Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

     
     Jared C. Attucks

    Age: 24
    Home Town:  Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Education: Wake Forrest University (BA, MA)
    Areas of special interest & expertise: US History, African American History, US Antiques/Numismatics


     Mary Hays-McCauley

    Age: 22
    Home Town:  Braintree, Massachusetts
    Education: Eastern Nazarene College (BA)
    Areas of special interest & expertise: US History, Women's Studies, Antiques



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