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What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are those that describe or show information about events as they are unfolding. They give us an understanding about daily life during a particular time period, and also share the mindset of the people living at a certain time in terms of what their thoughts, concerns, and opinions were.

These sources are valuable because they are eyewitness accounts; however, we also need to recognize that they represent the perspective of the person who recorded them. Therefore, we need to look at various primary sources to get a larger picture as well as take into consideration the person or group who created them.