For this assignment, you will locate at least two primary sources, such as newspapers and magazines, for a particular event in modern U.S. history. Newspaper and magazine articles work best for this assignment. You will choose one event and describe the facts of the event. Then you will discuss two interpretations or opinions about the event. Choose an event prior to 2010. Your paper should be at least two pages long.Primary sources are items created at the time the event took place or by people who experienced the event first-hand. You have mainly worked with primary sources this semester.Step 1Locate at least two primary sources for your event. Record the citation information for the articles. Your sources should provide opinion or interpretation of the event. You might choose something from the textbook or something that involves your interests. Please choose something before 2010. You will find instructions for searching at the bottom of this page.Here is an example citation:Robert Reporter, “The Day the Music Died,” Denver Post, February 3, 1959, p. 1.Please note the placement of commas, quotation marks, and italics. This example is for Chicago Manual of Style citations, which historians use.Step 2Describe the event. What happened? Who was involved? Why was it important? What does your textbook or online encyclopedia say about this event or time period for the event? If the textbook does not address your event, use Auraria Library and put Britannica Online into the search box. The first result, which says Database Recommendation, is the one to use. Remember to use details and to write at least one full paragraph.Do not spend more than one paragraph on this step.Step 3:Analyze the two interpretations of the event. Answer these questions for both opinion or interpretive articles. Whose perspective does each article favor? Who is left out? Who is the audience for each version of the story? What are you meant to feel about the event after reading each interpretation?Step 4:Discuss which opinion or interpretation would be the most trustworthy for a historian to use to write about the event. What kind of information would a historian look for? Your answer should not include your personal feelings on the matter but your assessment of how the author presented the event. Make sure to explain why and compare to with the other article. Why didn’t you choose the other article?Step 5:If your event happened today, how and why might be reported or talked about differently than it was initially?Here are some places to look for sources:The Library of Congresshttp://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ (Links to an external site.)Most of these papers will be pre-1923Databases on the Auraria Library website (Links to an external site.). Click “Database List” to access them:NewspaperARCHIVE (1866–present)Newspaper Source Plus (1985-present)Colorado Historic Newspapers (mostly pre-1923)Denver Post Historical Archive (1894–1989)19th Century U.S. Newspapers (1800–1900) Newspaper Archive, and OpposingNew York Times (1851–present) Click the first link under New York TimesAmerican Periodicals (pre-1900)To access these databases, go to the Auraria Library website and click Database Lists under Quick Links on the left side of the page. These databases are paid for by the library, so use them.You can also check major magazine websites. They often allow you to search their archives. Sports Illustrated, the Nation, and the Christian Science Monitor are examples of searchable magazines.****** I was planning on doing this topic on 9/11 attacks against the United States. ******
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