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United States History: Primary Sources

HIST 1483 - U. S. History 1492 to the Civil War Era and HIST 1493 - U. S. History Civil War to the Present

What Are Primary Sources?

Photograph

Image of Lincoln from the Library of Congress

Title: Abraham Lincoln, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right; hair parted on Lincoln's right side (Image from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Example of a Primary Source Document

 

Warrant for Habeas Corpus, 11/19/1839 - 11/19/1839

This item consists of the warrant for habeas corpus concerning Cinque and the other Africans of the Schooner Amistad. From the National Archives in Boston. (Image from Flickr) 

Where to Find American History Primary Documents

Historical Art

Title: San Francisco, 1849 (Library of Congress)

Title: San Francisco, 1849 (Library of Congress)

Political Cartoon

 

The prairie dog sickened at the sting of the hornet or a diplomatic puppet exhibiting his deceptions / J[ames] Akin, fect. (LOC)

Early political cartoon by James Adkins, 1804. CALL NUMBER:  PGA - Akin--Prairie dog (B size) [P&P], Library of Congress

Military Map

Map of the Battles of Bull Run Near Manassas

Map of the Battles of Bull Run Near Manassas (National Archives/Flickr)

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