The first step toward completing your History Engine episodes is to survey the available sources and decide which you would like to use. So that I can review your proposed primary and secondary sources, your first assignment is to submit an annotated bibliography. Use the History Engine citation formats to list your sources. Your bibliography should contain a total of ten items.
You should locate six potential primary sources—three for your pre-emancipation decade[s] and three for your post-emancipation decade. Within each set of three, one primary source should be a folder or volume from a manuscript collection, one should be a microfilm newspaper, and the third can be a primary source of your choice. For each primary source, write a short paragraph describing it. The questions below should help:
You should also locate three potential secondary sources (besides the books and encyclopedias on reserve for this class). Write a short paragraph describing each source and how you think it connects to your primary sources.
Using the Historical Census Browser (linked to our Toolkit site) to examine census data for the years bookending one of your decades (1820 and 1830, for example). You can limit the browser to a specific state or even counties within a state. You can also select a wide variety of data to track—changes to overall population, new industrial developments, literacy—whatever interests you. Write a short paragraph describing one key demographic change to your state or region during the decade you selected. How might these changes affect life in that place?