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Primary and Secondary Sources

Identifying, Analyzing and Interpreting Primary and Secondary Sources

Darryl P Eley

on 8 September 2011

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Primary and Secondary Sources
As a Student of history you will be asked to read historical passages or paragraphs, Learning to identify and analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources will help you to understand people and events of world History
Primary Sources
Primary sources are original materials. They are the real or actual records and material that have survived the past.
Suppose George Washington was wrote a letter to his wife Martha
Dear Martha
It sure is Cold out here on the battle field. Yesterday I almost gat shot and did i mention that it is cold. I miss you so much boo. I need a heater baby and did I mention that it is cold. Thinking about your cherry and Apple pies
Love George I'm Cold Washington
Another example of a primary source may be letter you write to you friend in 1st grade that you rediscover when you turn 40 WOW!
Secondary Sources
So Primary Sources are:
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art
RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them.
Let's say you write a report on Roman Culture
(cc) image by rocketboom on Flickr
A journal/magazine article which interprets or reviews previous findings
A history textbook
A book about the effects of WWI
Understanding Primary and Secondary sources help us to understand history and the world we live in
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