Understanding Sources Assignment
Using the Spanish-American War to Identify Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources
General Description of the Assignment:
Through this assignment, you will demonstrate your knowledge of the differences among primary, secondary, and tertiary sources using the Spanish-American War. Below are ten sources that discuss the Spanish-American War.
From these ten sources, your task is to find three primary sources, two secondary sources, and one tertiary source. In your response for this assignment, you need to do the following for each of the six sources:
Identify which type of source it is
Write 1-2 sentences explaining why each source is a primary, secondary, or tertiary source.
Write 2-3 sentences on the subject of the source that briefly discusses who wrote the source, when it was written, and what the primary points are that are being made in the source.
The ten sources for this assignment are:
Bryan, William Jennings “First Speech Against Imperialism” http://www.trinityhistory.org/AmH/Bryan.pdf
“By the President of the United States of America: a proclamation Whereas by an act of Congress approved April 25, 1898, it is declared that war exists and that war has existed since the 21st day of April, A. D. 1898” https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbpe.23901800/
“Chapter 19: American Empire” http://www.americanyawp.com/text/19-american-empire/
Cleveland, Grover “American Interests in the Cuban Revolution” https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/gc26.htm
Hymel, Kevin. “Black Jack in Cuba: General John J. Pershing’s Service in the Spanish-American War” http://www.history.army.mil/documents/spanam/WS-Prshg.htm
“If they’ll only be good” http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/ppmsca.25391/
MacOwen, Arthur H. “Remember the ‘Maine’” https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbpe.16004100/?sp=1
Morgan, John T. “Senate Debate on the Platt Amendment, February 27, 1901” http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/senate-debates-on-the-platt-amendment/
Paterson, Thomas G. “U.S. Intervention in Cuba, 1898: Interpreting the Spanish-American-Cuban-Filipino War” http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/omalley/gilded/paterson.pdf
“Spanish American War” http://www.history.com/topics/spanish-american-war
Walls, Ginette E. “US-Cuba Relations: Political Cartoons in the Spanish-American War” https://sites.tufts.edu/fletchergender/2016/04/02/us-cuba-relations-political-cartoons-in-the-spanish-american-war
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