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HIST 150: Unlearning US History (Fall 2023)

What are Primary & Secondary Sources?

A Primary Source are first hand accounts & materials from the period under examination. These may include:

  • diaries
  • journals
  • newspapers
  • contemporary publications
  • autobiographies
  • music/songs
  • recordings or images

For this class, it will also include novels, literature, images.

A Secondary Source is produces after the fact and is not produced during the time under examination. Some of this contact may be popular culture artifacts, such as:

  • films
  • biographies
  • art
  • film & television
  • Websites

Some of these secondary sources will also be academic or peer reviewed content namely books and articles.