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AFRAM 334: Civil Rights & Black Power: Find Primary Sources

Examines the politics and culture of the modern African American freedom struggle - Brukab Sisay Instructor

Primary Source Examples

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History

The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, one of the Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights History Projects, is dedicated to social movements and labor history in the Pacific Northwest. It is directed by Professor James N. Gregory of the University of Washington.

Mapping American Social Movements

This collaborative project is another of the Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects.  It features maps and other visualizations showing the chronological geography of dozens of social movements that influenced American life and politics during the 20th century, including radical movements, labor movements, women's movements, many different civil rights movements, environmentalist movements, and more.

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are the evidence of history.  They are the first-hand accounts of an event or period of time created by participants or observers.  There are many kinds of primary sources including texts (letters, diaries, government reports, newspaper personal accounts [narratives], novels, autobiographies), images (photographs, paintings, advertisements, posters), artifacts (buildings, clothing, sculpture, coins) and audio/visual (songs, oral history interviews, films).

For information on how to find specific types of primary sources see the sections on:

Additional primary sources can be found using the following tools.

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