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HIS 292: Trials in United States History: Primary sources

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Primary sources are original records or firsthand accounts. Designation as a primary source may depend on context, focus and perspective, and time of study.  Typically, a primary source is from the same time period as the subject studied.  If sources provide interpretation or analysis, they may be secondary sources.  Context is important for distinguishing between a primary or secondary source.

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