SOURCES OF HISTORY

May 19th, 2015
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If you asked people to give you example of a historical record or primary source, most would people would probably mention some kind of written source. They might say official reports, files, court documents, financial papers, newspapers, old family papers or official files.

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Gehla Dana Marie B. TumananSOURCES OF HISTORYPrimary SourcesImagine you are a detective investigating a crime. What would you need to help you find out what happened? What would you be looking for when you visited the scene of the crime? That's right - clues or evidence. Historians are no different. When they want to find out what happened in the past they need to look at the evidence. We call evidence that was created at the time of the event, primary evidence. Lots of sources can be counted as primary sources or evidence - letters, newspapers, maps, photographs, pictures, objects and f

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