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.

Talking Leaves: The Genius of Sequoyah

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With no formal education and speaking only his native tongue,  Sequoyah developed his Talking Leaves, the writing system he developed for the Cherokees. Although he died over 180 years ago, recent events pertaining to the language have a direct link to the Cherokee genius! Hear the story, click the link below!

 

Before He Was The Hangin’ Judge: Isaac Parker

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There’s a renewed interest in Fort Smith, Arkansas’ famous Hamgin’ Judge, Isaac Parker. He wasn’t just the “Law West of Fort Smith.” Before his time as a dispenser of frontier justice, he was a Congressman with a progressive streak. Learn ore about his fascinating life before his tenure at Court!