LADHSSA Assignment 1 - LADHSSA Assignment 1 Question 1 HISTORICAL SOURCES AND HISTORICAL EVIDENCE Historical evidence is used to paint a picture of

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LADHSSA Assignment 1 Question 1 HISTORICAL SOURCES AND HISTORICAL EVIDENCE: Historical evidence is used to paint a picture of a certain past event/person/object. This evidence is compiled in the form of sources by historians. You can think of a source as anything that tells us a story about the past. So therefore it is important to understand that a source is not the same as evidence. So in other words a source will become evidence if it answers a question or questions about the past. An easy way to understand historical sources are that anything leftover from the past can be considered a source. Thus includes documents, and often we limit ourselves thinking of history as solely a text only, but it also includes sources like a piece of art, building, recording, written texts, a pair of shoe, clay pots, cutlery and the list can go on forever. All these examples are ‘sources’ because in a different way they all provide information which contributed to our knowledge and understanding of the past. A source will only become evidence when they are then interpreted by someone like a historian to make more sense of the past. The answers obtained will heavily depend on the questions the historian is asking or wondering about. For example, a train ticket might be used to provide evidence of migration patterns or of the cost of living at a particular time, but also of broader cultural trends: for many years, for example, it was the practice to print a 'W' on a woman's ticket (this was when stations had women-only waiting rooms and trains had women-only carriages). As for a pair of shoes, it might provide the cultural historian with evidence of changing fashions and consumer tastes, or the social historian with evidence of class differences or production patterns. It all depends on what the historian wants to know. This is why it makes little sense to ask if something is 'good historical evidence', without knowing what evidence it's supposed to provide. 7.4 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES A primary source gives immediate or firsthand proof about an event, item, individual, or even art. Primary sources are the original materials or evidence to be analyzed, evaluated, contextualized, or synthesized in the research process. In the Social Science and Humanities, they are usually from the time period under study and offer first-hand accounts or direct evidence responsive to the research question. The results of primary studies are typically found in scholarly articles or papers delivered at conferences. Primary sources include historical and legal documents, eyewitness accounts, and results of experiments, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, audio and video recordings, speeches, and art objects. (College, 2020)
Secondary sources describe, discuss , interpret, remark upon, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and process number one assets . Secondary supply materials may be articles in newspapers or popular magazines, e-book or film reviews, or articles observed in scholarly journals that speak or evaluate a person else's unique research

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