When it comes to assessing the accuracy and the significance of an event in the history, primary sources are one of the first and foremost evidence that are used to justify that event. Without those primary sources, it would be difficult to know if an event really exists and under what circumstances that event happened. Primary sources are credible, first-hand sources from the past that are related to historical events, recorded by the people who witnessed the events. They have to be created within a time frame of 40 to 50 years since the date the events took place. Examples of primary sources are official documents such as the Declaration of Independence, Congressional records, treaties, laws… or private documents such as letters, diaries, and journals. Autobiographies, drawings, manuscripts, and literature can also be primary sources. Primary sources give an inside view of an event, help us view history in different perspectives, therefore understand history better.
The thirteen primary sources in my project will give readers an overview of some key events that happened back in the days when the new land had just been discovered by Europeans to the founding of the nation to the reconstruction era. After reading this project, reader will understand the connection between an event stated in the source and its significance to the nation’s history in the short term and in the long term.
Those primary sources I chose do not follow any particular patterns or historical themes. They were randomly chosen based on my assessment on their significance to the US history. This project has taught me that although the United States does not have a long history compared to other countries, its history was complicated and had many twists and turns that both benefited and threatened the country. This might be the reason the United States become a powerful and advanced country in such a short time.
This section demonstrates the United States during the very first days when it was still a new land that had just been discovered and its development into a colonial society under the British rules. It also shows the political conflicts between the settlers and the government and the natives’ struggles in dealing with “invaders” – the white settlers. In the beginning, Native Americans, although not as advanced as Europeans, had a peaceful life. However, white newcomers disturbed it and began driving the natives out of their land. The settlers themselves had divided opinions, which led to conflicts between several political and social groups, but that did not stop them from invading the natives’ land. As a result, Native Americans struck back, but the outcome was disastrous.
This is a photo of the Hiawatha Wampum Belt, a symbol for a five nation Confederation known as the Iroquois. The Hiawatha Belt was historically significant because it conveyed the Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy. The Iroquois Confederacy was originally a confederation of five Native...