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Copy of What Is History?

Why should we study history?

Tony Magnon

on 7 January 2017

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Transcript of Copy of What Is History?

What is History?
History begins
with a question or

Historians begin their work with a
question they hope to answer or a
problem they wish to solve.
For example:
"Was the Civil War inevitable?"
Next, the historian gathers facts and
information related to the question.
This material becomes the evidence
the historian uses to reconstruct
the past. Evidence is information
that can be used to prove a statement
or support a conclusion.
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Secondary sources are items such
as books, commentaries, and art from
someone who was not present at the
events or perhaps not even alive
during that period.
Historical evidence can come in many
forms. It might be an old letter or
Or, it might be an artifact- a human-
made object- such as a tool,
a weapon, or part of a building.
photographs, recorded music, movies,
books, magazines, newspapers,
interviews, maps
A primary source is a
document or other record of past
events created by people who
were present during those events
or during that period.
Historians carefully
examine each source
for the creator's
point of view. This
outlook may be shaped
by many factors, such
as a person's age,
gender, religion,
occupation, or political
Historians reconstruct and
interpret the past. Much of
history is still open to
-Helps us develop
empathy for others
-Makes us better
-Teaches us to avoid errors of the past
-Is interesting!
By interpreting history,
historians add their
analysis of events
to the facts they
have judged to be
Consider this question:

What does the
word "history"
mean to you?
History is a Story!
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