This third paper mirrors the first two paper in that you will utilize later primary sources located in your textbook under the headings “Going to the Source.” Primary sources are directly from the direct time frame the event happened- diaries, letters, newspapers etc. See and read the primary sources that all concern aspects of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the following pages of your textbook (9th edition): 395, 418, and 455. Write on only the three sources on these specific pages. Summarize the information that is related in these short passages. Then, most importantly, provide your analysis as to whether these primary sources are historically valuable in helping to understand the past and history in general. Are they historically worthy? Are they biased? What can one learn about history from these primary sources? Can these sources be connected to other information learned in this Unit?
Have an introduction paragraph listing your chosen sources by title and explaining the purpose of your paper in summarizing and analyzing these sources. Summarize the first source and then and provide your analysis of the source. Repeat that procedure for the next two chosen sources. Have a conclusion paragraph listing your sources by title again and provide final thoughts on all three sources and your primary source investigation in general. You should end up having approximately four pages or so of writing, About one page per sources along with introduction and conclusion. Use double spacing, twelve point font, one inch margins and other proper structuring when doing this assignment. There is an area to submit titled ‘Second Primary Source Investigation Project.’ in the contents area.This project will help you learn the fundamental methods of research used in history, and will assist you in learning to analyze and critically evaluate what you find, as well as connecting the past with the present.
The paper is worth 200 points (20% of the overall grade). The due date for the primary source investigation paper is by 11:59 pm CST May 2. Papers submitted after the due date will not be accepted as it is the end of the semester.
The book is The Enduring Vision: A History of the American People, Volume 1: To 1877. You can google the pages if you need to.
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