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Colonial America: Primary Sources

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What are Primary Sources?

"Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research" -- American Library Association.

Voyages : The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Voyages : The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on more than 35,000 slaving voyages

that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers researchers, students, and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

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