This lesson introduces students to primary sources — what they are, their great variety, and how they can be analyzed. The lesson begins with an activity that helps students understand the historical record. Students then learn techniques for analyzing primary sources. Finally, students apply these techniques to analyze documents about slavery in the United States.
Students will be able to:
- assess the credibility of primary sources; and
- use a variety of primary sources to clarify, elaborate, and understand a historical period.
Two to three classes
- African American History
- Civil War
- Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
The Social Science Education Consortium
University of Colorado, Boulder