About This Chapter
Understanding History & Primary Sources
Primary sources are crucial to building an accurate understanding of the past. They help us see how people perceived historical events that affected them at the time, straight from the source. It is also important to keep in mind the different ways people see events and react to them. In this chapter you will learn:
- Tools for thinking about how history varies by perspective
- How to analyze where a primary source came from and how it informs our understanding of events
- Research tactics to find primary sources in your studies
- Evaluating sources for bias
|Understanding the Subjective Nature of History||History encompasses many perspectives, learn how to evaluate them|
|What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples||Overview of what a primary source is and what it looks like|
|Understanding a Source's Strengths and Weaknesses||Evaluate sources you find and their value to your studies|
|Teaching Students How to Read Primary Sources||Tips and tools to thoroughly read primary sources and understand them|
|Where to Find Primary Sources: Helping Students with Research||Strategies for finding primary sources on your own|
1. Understanding the Subjective Nature of History
In this lesson, we'll examine issues of subjectivity and interpretation in the field of history. We'll learn why historiography is important and how it affects the discipline.
2. What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples
Let's explore primary sources. In this lesson, learn about first hand materials as primary sources. And then, begin to analyze and determine if a document, information, or object is a primary source.
3. Understanding a Source's Strengths and Weaknesses
In this lesson, we'll evaluate sources as they are used in the social sciences. We will identify various types of sources and analyze their strengths and weaknesses.
4. Teaching Students How to Read Primary Sources
Reading primary sources is essential to studying history. They teach us what people were thinking at the time of a historical event. Read on to discover a systematic approach for teaching students to read these documents
5. Where to Find Primary Sources: Helping Students with Research
In this lesson, we examine primary sources, the difference between primary and secondary sources, and some of the best ways to find good primary sources.
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Other chapters within the History 306: The American Civil War Era course
- Slavery in the Early United States
- The Abolitionist Movement in America
- The Pre-Civil War Sectional Crisis in the U.S.
- Influential American Civil War Writers
- Rising Tensions in Pre-Civil War America
- Southern Secession from the Union
- Politics, Industry & Economy in Civil War America
- American Civil War Battles in 1861
- American Civil War Battles in 1862
- American Civil War Battles in 1863
- American Civil War Battles in 1864
- American Civil War Battles in 1865
- Important Figures in the American Civil War
- Military Strategies in the American Civil War
- Life Following the American Civil War
- Reconstruction After the American Civil War
- Required Assignments for History 306
- Studying for History 306