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Introduction to U.S. History Midterm When evaluating a primary source there are a series of aspects that cannot be over looked. The first aspect that is relevant is looking at the difference between the intended meaning and purpose of the document, and the unintended result and significance spurred because of its existence. In addition to this, it is necessary to know the author of the source, their background, and reasoning for writing it. After identifying these aspects, it is important to look at the genre of the source; whether it be a letter, diary, or from a newspaper; each is different to understanding its relevance and ideas. A newspaper with a certain bias that is meant to be read by many people during the time would give a much different idea than a diary entry, which is a simple projection of an individuals personal ideas. It is also important to note the difference between our values held in the present day against the values that were held at the time of the source. This is necessary because values change dramatically over time, what is acceptable in the present is probably much different than what was in the past, or vice versa. In the end, it is not just the words on the page that tell you what a document is about, the ideas and times surrounding its creation are the key to a documents core understanding. The American fight for independence was spurred by a vast series of events that justifiably led up to armed rebellion. The revolution as a whole was due to the combination of heavy taxes and an over-anxious foreign policy directed towards the colonies. In the end, the United States was formed in order to create a democratic
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republic that was far different from the monarchial political mainstay that dominated the world stage during the time of the revolution and framing of the U.S. government. In the beginning, state governments were established and Americans realized the
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