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HIST&147: United States History II - Spiegler: Primary Sources: 19th c.

What's a primary source?

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. They may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research. (From: Using primary sources on the Web. Site includes strategies for reading and evaluating primary sources).

Primary vs. Secondary Sources - Guide produced by the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) Library. Includes lots of useful examples of types of primary and secondary sources.

Topic: Slavery

Also see the section below on the Civil War for related resources.

Event: Civil War

For additional links to websites dealing with the war see The American Civil War Homepage.

All Centuries

19th Century