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Part 1: For someone who has never utilized primary sources in a historical context, it is quite difficult to understand what is and is not a primary source. “Primary sources are sources that were created during the historical period that you are studying” (Walbert 1). These primary sources can range from art created during the time period all the way to memoirs and autobiographies of those who witnessed the events firsthand. This means your grandmother telling you stories her mother told her about things she experienced is not a primary source, but it is a secondary source. Primary sources should allow you to put together the puzzle left by the creator. Due to a primary source being a firsthand account, there is bound to be a strong bias. Knowing the type of source you are analyzing helps know the strength of the bias in the work. For instance, say you are reading a diary entry from Anne Frank. Her words provide a strong bias of
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