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History is best understood by examining the documents and reading the words of those involved in the events one is studying. When these documents, photographs and other items were actually written at the time of the event, they are known as primary sources. From the Declaration of Independence, to the Emancipation Proclamation and through letters, diary entries, and military orders you’ll find scores of primary sources here to read what people wrote at the time.

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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human...
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The Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.
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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice,...