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Ballad of Booker T.

http://memory.loc.gov/mss/mcc/024/0001.jpg

Drafts of Langston Hughes's poem "Ballad of Booker T.," 30 May-1 June 1941.
(Langston Hughes Collection)

Is "The Ballad of Booker T." a primary source?

 

The Wedding of Pocahantas

Site/Collection: Prints and Photographs Division - Popular Graphic Arts - Catalog - Pictures
Original Format: Photo, Print, Drawing
Date: 1867

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2006677657/

 

Columbus Taking Possession of the New Country

  • Creator(s): L. Prang & Co.,
  • Date Created/Published: Boston, U.S.A. : Published by the Prang Educational Co., 1893.
  • Medium: 1 print : chromolithograph.
  • http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/pga/item/91481671/
 

The Washington Times

The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, April 18, 1906, Last Edition, Image 1

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026749/1906-04-18/ed-1/seq-1/

 

 

Remember Brownsville

Remember Brownsville. [n. p. 1906].

CREATED/PUBLISHED 1906.

Campaign cartoon.

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.2400100a

 

Dewey in the Civil War

Site/Collection: Prints and Photographs Division - Harris & Ewing Collection
Original Format: Photo, Print, Drawing
Date: 1910

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/hec.13306/?co=hec

 

Definition

Primary sources are the raw materials of history - original documents and objects which were created at the time under study.

They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.

Consider the possibility that a source might be primary or secondary based on the historical context of the topic under study.

 

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