Here is a list of some of them.
We have a library guide with lists of other primary source collections specific to this assignment that may also be used. You may identify and use a primary document from another source with advance permission from the instructor. Sources with a family connection or from your home town could potentially be candidates.
The source must be either an eyewitness account of some important event, process, or social condition in North America betweenor an historically-relevant creative work from the period and places covered in this course such as artwork, maps, music, or economic data, that speaks to the processes and issues of the course.
The publication date of the source must be within these dates. Examples of plausible primary materials might include a letter where someone describes a new settlement or some interesting event or happening, an extended diary entry describing daily life at some period in the course, an account of a traveller describing their visit to some community, a political cartoon depicting some important issue or conflict, a newspaper account of some major event or disaster, a photograph of some interesting subject, or some sheet music that speaks to the values, beliefs, or ideas of people from the period.
Sources involving multiple countries might be especially worth considering. You may not use documents that are relatively common and widely known.
Seek instead to find something that you or the rest of the class would not have encountered in some other context.
Your source should be relatively brief no more than pages, or perhaps a chapter from a bookbut long enough and sufficiently detailed so that you can meaningfully describe and contextualize it.
Be careful to avoid secondary or tertiary accounts, even those published in the period covered by the course. You will be asked to come up with a list of three or four potential primary sources a week before the final assignment is due.
This list will need to include a short description of each document, along with a complete citation to it in Chicago Style format, and a short statement of why it interests you or might be worthy for this assignment. You will get feedback about whether or not each of these are permissible and appropriate for the assignment.
Once permission has been granted you may proceed with final work on the assignment. Researching and Writing the Essay: The essay should accomplish two goals.
First, it should accurately describe the source contents to someone who cannot see or read the document in question. Review your notes from earlier in the term about things to think about when reading and describing primary sources.
Be sure, too, to consider the questions you worked through in the Understanding How Primary Sources Who were the audiences?
What goals was the author seeking to accomplish?creating an oral history Source: tips for designing and conducting an interview american history. General Outline of Activities: 1. Project or hand out copies of the introduction for each type of resource and read it as a class.
Engaging StudEntS with Primary SourcES 9. general documents: Strengths and Limitations.
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to be most useful, documents must be studied carefully and critically. Engaging StudEntS with Primary SourcES 9. general documents: Strengths and . Primary Documents in American History. Missouri Compromise.
Missouri territory formerly Louisiana. In an effort to preserve the balance of power in Congress between slave and free states "The pinch of the difficulty in the case stated seems to be in the words "forever," coupled with the interdict relating to the Territory N. of L E ligible primary sources for the project can be located on the Library of Congress American Memory Database, the Digital Public Library of America, the American Periodicals Series, the National Archives Founders Online, or .
The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government. Here is a sample of these records, from our most celebrated milestones to little-known surprises.