The Library of Congress provides handouts that explain why & how to use primary sources.
"Examples of primary source materials may include text sources (e.g. letters to the editor), photographs, etchings, paintings, maps, diaries, speeches, cartoons, broadsides, newspaper or other first-hand accounts of events, as well as audio and video footage." Shiveley
This is a photo of a City of Birmingham warden's docket from April 12, 1963. Image from the Archives Department of the Birmingham Public Library.
Listed here are the names Ralph D Abernathy and Martin L. King, arrested for demonstrating without a permit. During his confinement, King wrote his famous Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
Shiveley, James M. Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in Government, Economics, & Contemporary World Issues. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2001.
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