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Source Analysis - American Civil Rights

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Lorelei Siegloff

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of Source Analysis - American Civil Rights

Is this a primary or secondary source?
Perspective & Purpose
What opinion is being presented?

Is it broad or narrow in its vision?

What do you know about the person who created this source? i.e. Their age, gender occupation, position in society & religious background.

What is the creator’s purpose?

Why did they create this work?

Language Used
Is the language objective? Emotional? Free from bias? or Opinionated?

How can we tell?
Context: what was happening at the time?
Source Analysis
Who made this?
What is it?
Is this material TRUSTWORTHY?

Does it show bias?

How accurate is this material?

Are parts true, and other parts not?

Why do you think that is?

How useful is this for understanding history?

How does it add to our understanding of history?

What does it tell us?

What is left out?

What could have been included?
Primary & Secondary
Primary sources are original materials that have not been altered or distorted in any way. In the study of history a primary source (also called original source or evidence) is an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time under study. It serves as an original source of information about the topic.

Generally, accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight are secondary.

One of very few surviving copies of the original poster carried by Memphis sanitation workers during the 1968 strike
Ku Klux Klan sheet music to "We Are All Loyal Klansmen", 1923
Racial Propaganda Cartoon, Demonstrating White Fear of “Negro Rule,” North Carolina, 1900.
Vending-machine in Jackson, Tennessee
Water fountains in a Southern town in the 1950s
Letter, Jailed Dartmouth College student, Adams County Jail, 4 June 1965
Civil Rights
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