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Primary sources are records of events created when the event occurred such as:
|• letters||• journals|
|• diaries||• manuscripts|
|• newspapers||• interviews|
|• photographs||• oral histories|
|• memoirs||• government documents|
|• audio recordings||• video recordings|
|• artwork||• statistics/data|
|• artifacts/ephemera||• court records|
Sometimes primary sources reflect the events after they have occurred such as in the case of oral histories or memoirs.
These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with secondary sources (previous interpretations) they provide the resources necessary for historical research.
Secondary sources offer analysis and interpretations of primary sources. They might use primary sources to persuade a reader to hold a certain opinion.
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