History analysis

Please choose a primary source DOCUMENT from the time periods/eras covered in weeks 5-7 – meaning 1920s to 1970s. Anything outside of this time period will be returned to you for revision and lose final points.

Remember that a primary source is a source from the time period/a first-hand account etc.

Once you have selected your document, you will complete a primary analysis of it. Your primary analysis should include a link to the document and image of the document if at all possible). Please use scholarly sources (.gov, .edu etc.) and not just random internet sources (such as infoplease, about.com, pinterest etc.). Good places to find documents include www.loc.gov , www.NARA.gov,



You will then write a 1-2 page analysis in PARAGRAPH form with an introduction paragraph, body paragraphs, and conclusion paragraph (no question and answer format) that addresses the following:

  • Type of Document (letter, law, executive order, treaty etc.), Author/creator, Date created
  • For what audience was the document written? Is there a stated purpose?
  • Why do you think this document was written?
  • What evidence in the document helps you know why it was written? Use a quote from the document to support your conclusion.
  • List two things the document tells you about life at the time and place it was written.
  • What is the author’s perspective on the issues? How do you think he was influenced by his position in society, career, nationality etc.? If it is a law – what influenced the lawmakers to pass this law?
  • What questions do you have that were not answered or addressed in the document? What would you ask the author(s) if you could?

ALSO – you should not need other sources. You should be analyzing the information based on what you know and what you get from the document. Avoid using other sources to explain the document. This is YOUR analysis of the document.

Here is your TEMPLATE: Assignment 2.1 Honors Template(1).doc

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