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A primary historical source is a document that was created during the past by a person (or persons) who lived during that period. Primary sources are the building blocks of history!
Select any ONE of the below primary sources that interests you and, after reading the source, write an analytical essay in which you summarize the main points of the article (this should take about 2/3 of your essay) and then analyze/critique the source (about 1/3 of your essay).

Try to answer at least some of the following questions in your essay:

Who is the author of your chosen source? What is the time period of the source and what is the topic? What might this article tell a researcher about the time period? What is he/she trying to say? What is his/her point of view? Does he/she make a convincing case? Why or why not? What does the author leave out (if anything)? Does the author exhibit a particular bias? Is there anything in this source that might be relevant to the world today?

Note: Depending on the source you choose, not all of the above questions may be relevant. Answer those which are relevant to your source.

Try to select a document/source that interests you. If it is a topic/person that you are unfamiliar with, be sure to do at least a little research to give you a better background for analyzing the source. If you would like to use additional sources (internet web sites, books, periodicals, etc.,) you are more than welcome to, as long as your focus is on the primary source. Your essay should consist of two sections: a summary of the article and then an analysis of the article.

In writing your essay, you should follow the below guidelines:

An Analysis of the Monroe Doctrine.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

An analysis of the Monroe Doctrine by Alfred T. Mahan

The Building of the Erie Canal.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

An account of the building of the Erie Canal by William Seward

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Die on the Same Day.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

An account of the deaths of Adams and Jefferson by Thomas Hart Benton

Jackson’s Proclamation on Nullification.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

President Jackson’s proclamation during the Nullification Crisis.

The Fall of the Alamo.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

An account of the battle by a contemporary.

Manifest Destiny.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

John L. O’Sullivan urges westward expansion.

Seneca Falls Resolutions.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Excerpts of resolutions from the Seneca Falls Convention.

The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

The treaty which ended the Mexican-American War.

Frederick Douglass on Slavery.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

A speech by Douglass, given on the Fourth of July.

The Compromise of 1850.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

The comprise resolutions as put forth by Henry Clay.

The Kansas-Nebraska Act.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

The full act as passed by Congress in 1854.

The Dred Scott Decision.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Chief Justice Roger Taney’s decision in this famous case.

Jefferson Davis’ Farewell AddressOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Jefferson Davis’ farewell address to the Senate after his state (Mississippi) seceded in 1861. He soon became president of the Confederacy.

Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Abraham Lincoln’s first address to the country as president.

The Confederate Constitution.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Excerpts of the Confederate Constitution as ratified in 1861.

The Crisis at Fort Sumter.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

An account of the battle from Mary Chesnut’s diary.

The Battle of Antietam.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

A report by Robert E. Lee on this epic battle and the failure of his first invasion of the North.

Christmas on the Rappahannock.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

A Union veteran remembers Christmas, 1862 on campaign in Virginia.

The Emancipation Proclamation.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

Lincoln’s proclamation as issued on 1 Jan 1863.

A Death at Ezra Church.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

A poignant letter written about the loss of a friend during the Atlanta Campaign.

The Death Angel at Franklin.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

A grim account of General Hood’s disastrous charge at Franklin, TN in 1864.

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.docxOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader

President Lincoln’s address after his second swearing in, 1865.