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Primary Sources

  1. 1. aka...How to Read Primary Sources "I See Dead People..."
  2. 2. Primary Sources are the raw materials of history They bring history alive . They develop your "brain power."
  3. 3. <ul><li>Look closely at the images. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who created this primary source? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When was it created? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why was it created? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>What do you see that you didn’t expect? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What powerful words and ideas are expressed ? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><ul><li>What questions does it raise? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>What feelings and thoughts does the primary source trigger in you? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><ul><li>What was happening during this time period? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where was this first published ? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><ul><li>Why this subject?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What was included?  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What was excluded ? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Where does your eye go first? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who was the intended audience for this photo?  </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>What else do you need to know to draw a conclusion ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can you find other sources that support or contradict this one?  </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Photo and Text Citations Wanted Poster For Runaway Slave. Corbis. 2006. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ Cartoon about President Johnson's unpopularity. IRC. 2005.Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ African-American cowboys.. IRC. 2005. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/   First African-American members of Congress.. IRC. 2005. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/
  12. 12. Citations, con't NYC African-American parade for 15th Amendment.. IRC. 2005. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ African-American couple in their Virginia home.. IRC. 2005. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ In the North, African Americans were not free.. IRC. 2005. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ African American Soldier Reads Segregated Terminal Sign. Corbis. 2009.Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/
  13. 13. Citations, con't African American Students Wave at Empty Bus During Boycott. Corbis. 2009. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ Slave Auction Advertisement. Corbis. 2009. Discovery Education. 16 July 2009 http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/ http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/

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