ERIC Number: ED259781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-19
Reference Count: 0
Using Primary Source Material as a Supplement to the U.S. History Survey Course.
Silverman, Sherman E.
Examples of primary source materials that can be used in a U.S. history survey course are presented to illustrate the use of primary documents to provide insight into how particular individuals or groups reacted to specific events. An introduction to the documents and their significance in U.S. history is provided, along with suggestions for class discussion, for the following documents: (1) a speech by the Commissioner of the Orangeburg Commission on Contracts to the Freedpeople of Orangeburg, South Carolina (1865); (2) immigration data extracted from various ship manifests (1896); (3) an extract of the report by Lillian Russell Moore on immigration (1922); (4) a packet of materials produced by the Committee on Public Information to motivate the people behind the U.S. war effort (1917); (5) a cartoon satirizing the affluence of U.S. society in the 1920's (1924); (6) a packet of letters and articles illustrating aspects of racism and Black migration from the South (1919-1928); (7) letters written to President Franklin Roosevelt during the New Deal era (1933-1937); (8) a letter from Ho Chi Minh asking for U.S. support in establishing the Vietnam Democratic Republic (1933); (9) a letter to President Ford from the Presidential Clemency Board regarding the extension of clemency to persons convicted under the Military Selective Service Act and copies of Ford's pardons for three individuals (1974); and (10) a letter endorsing the nomination of Gerald Ford for the Vice Presidency (1973). Concluding comments describe the summer workshops conducted by the National Archives and Records Administration to assist teachers to create their own teaching materials from primary sources and facsimiles. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Community College Social Science Association (Harrisburg, PA, April 19, 1985).