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WAK HIS 102: History of the United States since 1865

Finding Primary Source Materials

Professor Thering requires that at least one of your debate sources be a primary source- a first-hand account of a historical event (by a participant or observer) including correspondence, diaries, speeches, memoirs, photographs, organization papers or archives, etc. The resources listed below contain primary source materials on topics covered in HIS 102.

Differentiate Between Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary vs. Secondary Sources - The video above explains the key characteristics, similarities, and differences of primary and secondary sources. This video provides you with the skills to determine if a source is a primary or secondary source. You will need to be able to complete this task for your midterm project, and potentially for future assignments. 

Online Primary Sources