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Primary Source Analysis Paper Assignment Prof. Gonzales HIS 141 Fall 2019 Overview This assignment is designed to give you the opportunity to work with historical sources and to engage in historical research. This assignment will provide practice decoding primary sources, and help you to develop your critical thinking and writing skills, your capacity to see the world from others’ points of view, and your ability to develop an argument. To complete this assignment, you will read primary source documents and then write an analysis based on those sources. Your task is to pose a question or problem about the history you’re studying and then to develop an answer to your question/problem. You do this by using the primary sources as evidence to support your answer. This paper will be 3-4 double spaced pages in length. You will choose your own primary sources. There are three rules which you must follow in choosing sources: They must be from the Early American period defined here as between the years 1550-1865. They must originate from the North American continent north of Mexico, the Caribbean, or the Atlantic World. They must be about “everyday” life, not about well-known or seminal historical events. For example, you cannot write about events like the American Revolution, the Salem Witch Trials, the Boston Tea Party, etc. Sources You can find sources in local archives, through online archives, and through the online primary sources databases available through the URI Library Webpage located at . The following specific databases taken from the larger list on URI’s page are particularly helpful. Here they
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