Primary Sources:What Makes A Story History

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Historians bring the past to life by using primary sources, material from the point of time being studied.  These materials can provide words directly from the characters in the story, but it’s more than just a story – it’s true.

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson discusses the primary sources she used to write her book “The Three Cornered War: The Union, The Confederacy and Native Peoples In The Fight For The West.” The source material was able to provide the details to follow some of the major personalities in her book who left little to no information in their own words.

The Great American Desert

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You won’t find it on any map, at least not anymore, but the Great American Desert played a pivotal role in the shaping of the history, geography and myth of the American West. It’s disappearance coincided with the closing of the American frontier. Find out more about this overlooked place…