background preloader

Primary Source Materials & Document Based Questions

Primary Source Materials & Document Based QuestionsAn Internet Hotlist on Document Based Questions created by Paula GoldsteinNassau BOCES Introduction | Primary Source Materials | Document Based Questions | Assessments | General Resources | Constructed Response Questions Introduction Don't depend on someone else's interpretation of a document. Read it yourself and draw your own conclusions. Listen to speeches and hear for yourself, who said what. Document based questions (DBQs) are a major focus in schools today. Related:  year 10 history

Online Speech Bank "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity." "But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. "We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. Text and Audio of Address Digital Collections & Programs Historic Newspapers Enhanced access to America's historic newspapers through the Chronicling America project. Historic Sound Recordings The National Jukebox features over 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Co. between 1900 and 1925. Performing Arts Collections, articles and special presentations on music, theater and dance materials from the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. Prints and Photographs Catalog of about half of the Library's pictorial holdings with over 1 million digital images. Veterans History Project Experience first-person stories of wartime service through personal artifacts, audio and video interviews.

‘On This Site’: Where history happened Forty-three years ago, a routine police raid sparked the modern gay rights movement. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Manhattan, fought back during arrests in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. As a large crowd gathered, the scene erupted into a violent riot that lasted several days. The first gay pride march took place on the one-year anniversary of the uprising. A native New Yorker, he started the project in 1993 after visiting the spot in Central Park where 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found dead seven years earlier. “It was bewildering to find a scene so beautiful … to see the same sunlight pour down indifferently on the earth,” Sternfeld wrote in his book “On This Site.” In what became known as the Preppie Murder case, Robert Chambers pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the 1986 killing. After showing friends his photograph of the tree where her body was discovered, Sternfeld realized he wasn’t the only one who thought of Levin when walking by.

Primary source This wall painting found in the Roman city of Pompeii is an example of a primary source about people in Pompeii in Roman times. Primary sources are original materials that have not been altered or distorted in any way.[1] Information for which the writer has no personal knowledge is not primary, although it may be used by historians in the absence of a primary source. In the study of history as an academic discipline, a primary source (also called original source or evidence) is an artifact, a document, a recording, or other source of information that was created at the time under study. Primary sources are distinguished from secondary sources, which cite, comment on, or build upon primary sources. The significance of source classification[edit] History and historiography[edit] From a letter of Philip II, King of Spain, 16th century Other fields[edit] In scientific literature, a primary source is the original publication of a scientist's new data, results and theories. What is the tone?

Photo Essay: When a Kid's Bedroom Isn't a Room A few years ago, James Mollison began taking photos of children around the world and their rooms. "I soon realized that my own experience of having a 'bedroom' simply doesn't apply to so many kids," he recalls in his book Where Children Sleep, which collects his images from 18 countries. Striking and unsentimental, Mollison's work shows that wherever a child lies down at night is not so much a retreat from as a reflection of the world outside. Erlen is 14 years old and is pregnant for the third time. Dong is nine years old. Samantha is nine years old. Douha lives with her parents and 11 siblings in a Palestinian refugee camp in Hebron, in the West Bank. Tzvika is nine years old and lives in Beitar Illit, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Joey lives in Kentucky with his parents and older sister. Irkena lives in Kenya with his mother, in a temporary homestead encircled by a strong thorn enclosure to protect the family's livestock. Jaime is nine years old.

History From the earliest times, walls surrounded cities and palaces, often of enormous thickness and of great height, some were surrounded by a moat, others flanked by towers. Some ancient fortifications date from periods so remote as the walls of Babylon and the curtain wall of Ashur from about 1600 B.C. The main function of all castles was defense, everything else was secondary. From the 16C on castle walls had to be made increasingly thicker and stronger in response to the development of artillery. . Rhodes. Rare Historical Photos Pt. 2 [19 Pics Rare Historical Photos Pt. 2 [19 Pics] Oct 2 2012 Our first post highlighting rare photos was quite successful (1,300 views). During the Apollo 16 mission, Charles Duke left a family photo on the moon that was enclosed in a plastic bag. Vought F4U Corsair crashes on the deck of a carrier when the arresting gear failed. John F. The following photo is believed to be the last photo ever taken of the RMS Titanic before it sunk in April 1912. 1884 De Dion, Bouton et Trepardou Dos-à-Dos is the oldest running car on the planet. This photo was taken in space right after World War II (1946). Douglas MacArthur signing the official Japanese surrender instrument aboard the USS Missouri, 1945. Hitler inspecting the massive 800mm “Schwerer Gustav” railway gun from afar. George S. Joseph Goebbels on his wedding day. George Armstrong Custer and some of his fellow soldiers, during the American Civil War. Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut. Walt and Roy O.

Castles The Normans were master castle builders. After 1066, England witnessed a massive castle building programme on the orders of William the Conqueror. First, motte and bailey castles were built. Once William had firmly established his rule in England, he built huge stone keep castles. Castles were a very good way for the Normans to expand their grip on the English people. Castles were a sign of Norman power and might. The castles also gave the Norman soldiers a safe place to live. Motte and bailey castles: made of woodquick to put upeasy to repairbig enough to house soldiers in safetyhad advantage of height as the castle was built on a motte; the Normans could see the English during the daya motte was a man-made hillyou could keep animals in one as a food supplyas they were high up, local peasants could easily see them But motte and bailey castles had a number of weaknesses : Square keep castles: made of stone so they lasted longer. But square keep castles also had two major weaknesses: