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  1. 1. Historiography and primary source usuage<br />By : Andrew J. Labdik<br />For: EDUC 6305, Spring 2011<br />
  2. 2. Two of the most important and controversial subjects in current historical research are Historiography and primary sources. <br />
  3. 3. Historiography is the study of how the views ofhistorians change over time.<br />
  4. 4. Students of history need to review these changes to have a grasp on the different views of events.<br />
  5. 5. A good example is the ownership of slaves by some of the founding fathers of the United States.<br />
  6. 6. In the past, historians credited this to the founders just following the law of the time.<br />
  7. 7. More recently, historians have reviewed the writings of the founders and believe that they intended slavery to be outlawed eventually.<br />
  8. 8. That example also raises another important aspect of historical research – the use of primary sources.<br />
  9. 9. Primary sources are the first person accounts of events that happened in the past.<br />
  10. 10. They are extremely important to understanding the past through the eyes of the people that lived through the events.<br />
  11. 11. Even second hand accounts of events in the past, such as newspapers of the time, do not have the same credibility as an eye witness.<br />
  12. 12. As a result, the research of historical events are greatly enchanced by the use of primary sources and this is stressed in modern history classes.<br />
  13. 13. So in order to judge a book of its value to current historians, historiagraphy and primary source usuage are required.<br />
  14. 14. Without doing this proper research, the book will fall into the category of popular history. <br />
  15. 15. This means its based off of assumed facts and the headlines of newspapers. <br />
  16. 16. While these books are adequate to understand an issue's background, a real historical work looks deep into historiography and primary sources<br />

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