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U.S. History 2112: Primary Resources

Library resources for assignments in Lanier Tech's U.S. History 2112 (U.S. History 1865-Present) course

What is a Primary Source?

Babe Ruth's Draft Card



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:


Tips on Evaluating Websites

General U.S. Primary Sources

Reconstruction (1865-1877)

The Gilded Age (1870-1900)

Progressive Era, World War I & Roaring Twenties (1900-1929)

Great Depression, New Deal & World War II (1929-1945)

Post-WWII to 1970's

Modern Era (1980-

Topical Sources

Georgia History

Historic Newspapers

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