During Black History Month, we honor African Americans who made significant contributions to American society and impacted the course of American history. One such figure is Robert Smalls, who was born a slave in South Carolina, made a dramatic escape from slavery, and was later elected to Congress. With primary sources, Smalls’ remarkable life, achievements, and impact can be considered and understood through contemporary accounts.
Introducing Women’s Movements and Issues – the first in the Women’s Studies Archive, a collection that traces the path of women’s issues from past to present—pulling primary sources from manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and more. It captures the foundation of women’s movements, struggles and triumphs, and provides researchers with valuable insights.
With the holidays upon us what better way to connect with the quaint old fashioned holiday spirit than getting cozy near a fireplace and immersing yourself in primary source documents.
In the article “Thanksgiving — Our American Festival” from the November 1895 issue of American Kitchen Magazine you can get tips on how to prepare the day before Thanksgiving, instructions for cooking dinner, and even includes some recipes and dish suggestions. If you’re in the mood for some fiction you can read the harrowing short story “Muriel’s … Read more
Disclaimer: The following is a curated list of primary source documents related to the presidential election throughout history and in no way are intended to reflect a political view or endorsement on the part of Gale or its blog contributors. 1. How Shall We Save Our Presidents? This article from Liberty Magazine published in 1924 features side … Read more
By Thomas Piggott
Gale.com is changing! We’re proud to announce a new and improved experience, with even more to come as we continue to make updates.
Hi, I’m Thomas Piggott, the User Experience Designer for Gale.com. I wanted to be the first to introduce you to some of the new features of the website, along with providing a peek into what’s to come.
Gaining a Better Understanding
At Gale, our goal is to empower libraries and learners by partnering with you. About a year ago, we began thinking about how our website could help us live up to that goal. We delved into understanding what capabilities the site needed in order to make your life easier. We collected feedback from interviews with more than 40 customers around the world and held discussions with our sales representatives and customer success managers who know what you ask for the most.
Archives of Sexuality & Gender, part 1: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of primary source content on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world. Users will find fully-searchable collections drawn from microfilm, digital, and analog content including newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets and other types of primary sources. The Archives of Sexuality & Gender, formally called the Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, was reviewed twice this year, both calling it a “valuable resource,” read what they said!
Searching for “a valued resource” to provide users with topics in early American History? Look no further, Gale’s American Eras: Primary Sources feature a fascinating, student-friendly reference to provide a unique understanding of songs, speeches, advertisements, letters, laws, legal decisions, newspaper articles, cartoons, and much more! With over 900 primary-source documents that provide vivid first-hand account of key events, trends, and people, Gale’s American Eras will be your go-to source.
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Posted on May 26, 2016
Primary sources have been called snippets of history – small windows that show a picture of one moment in time. A letter, a memoir, a personal account – each provides a unique, often personal perspective. And when they are put together in a meaningful way, they create a full and rich picture of historical events, people, and developments while supporting national learning standards.
By directly engaging with artifacts and individual records, students can explore, analyze, and delve more deeply into a topic. In addition, primary sources help students:
- Develop critical thinking skills by examining meaning, context, bias, purpose, point of view, and more.
- Pursue independent learning as they construct knowledge by interacting with sources that represent different accounts of the same event/topic.
- Understand how viewpoints and biases affect interpretation of history.