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U.S. History 2111: Primary Resources

Library resources for assignments in Lanier Tech's U.S. History 2111 (U.S. History to 1877) course

What is a Primary Source?

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Primary sources are the raw tools of historical research - the material closest to the topic of investigation.

Often they are created during the time period which is being studied (correspondence, diaries, newspapers, government documents, art) but they can also be produced later by eyewitnesses or participants (memoirs, oral histories).

You may find primary sources in their original format (usually in an archive) or reproduced in a variety of ways: books, microfilm, digital, etc.

Evaluating Websites

Evaluate carefully any information you find on the Web for:

  • AUTHORITY
  • OBJECTIVITY
  • QUALITY
  • RELEVANCE

Tips on Evaluating Websites

General U.S. History Primary Source Resources

Colonial America & The Revolutionary War

Slavery & African Americans

Native Americans

Pre-Civil War & The Civil War

Historic Newspapers

Historical Imagery

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