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HS2500: U.S. History Since 1877 (Samonte)

Determining if a Source is a Primary Source

A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. Examples include:
Original Documents
Autobiographies, diaries, interviews, letters, news film footage, official records, photographs, raw research data, speeches
Creative Works
Art, drama, films, music, novels, poetry
Relics or Artifacts
Buildings, clothing, furniture, jewelry, pottery

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