Primary Source History

Alexandria Library Protesters Arrested, August 21, 1939

Little-known stories of people and events are part of America’s story.   Through my books I want tell these stories to help young readers  fully understand the interconnected web of America’s  rich and complicated history.

Information  in my books comes from primary sources. They are written or told by “eye-witnesses,” people who actually experienced something themselves or saw something happened, described it or recorded it. Primary sources are interviews, diaries, letters,  journals, newspaper articles, or official documents and records.    Primary sources must be evaluated within the context of their world by asking good questions.  Who created it, when was it created, why it was it created, and who was the intended audience to figure out how the primary source reflects the world in which it was created.

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