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African-American History - HIST191 - Primary Sources

Primary sources available in the library or on the Internet relevant to African-American History.

African-American History - HIST191 - Primary Sources

This guide contains primary sources that can be used to do research on African-American history. A primary source is a firsthand account or direct evidence of an event or topic. They are original works created at the time of the historical event, and can be documents, images, or artifacts.

These differ from secondary sources, which are one step removed from the original work. In other words, they are an interpretation or analysis of a historical event or topic based on what was learned from primary or other secondary sources.

One way you can tell these two types of sources apart is whether or not they have a reference or works cited list. Primary sources should not have these since they are the original record of an event! Secondary sources will contain references.

How to use this Guide

The gray tabs represent different places where you can locate primary sources: in the Library Catalog (books and eBooks), in the Library Databases, and on the Internet. Use the Next and Previous buttons at the bottoms of the pages to move between them. You can also use the links below to select a particular page:

For additional primary source materials see U.S. History: Beginnings to 1877 - HIST201 - Primary SourcesU.S. History: 1877 to present - HIST202 - Primary SourcesWorld Civilization I - HIST101 - Primary Sources​, and World Civilization II - HIST102 - Primary Sources.