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HIST 2600: Religion and the American Revolution

How-To Video: Searching Historical Newspapers

Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary means written at or near the time of the historical event.

Secondary means written many years later, probably by a scholar researching the historical event.

Edited Collections

You can find some primary sources in books.  Below is a list of relevant subject headings.  When searching for these in the catalog, try adding "sources", "documents", "correspondence" or "letters" to your search. 

United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Pamphlets.

United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Sources.

United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Personal narratives.

United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Personal narratives, British.


Magazines, Newspapers, Pamphlets and Primary Source Collections



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