Analyzing Primary Sources
... Primary Sources This essay is a personal reflection on five articles from the Library of Congress primary sources document website, Sets 4bto 4f (LOC 2002a), on Slavery in the United States from 1790 to 1865.
We refer to the articles as "Freedmen" (LOC, 2002b), "Georgia" (LOC, 2002c), "Shorrow" (LOC, 2002d), "Bowers" (LOC, 2002e), and "Evans" (LOC, 2002f) as noted in the Reference List.
The earliest article was written in 1859 ("Georgia") while the latest article was dated 1939 ("Shorrow"). "Evans" is undated, but its narrator was born in 1855.
Based on these articles that detail the lives of African-Americans immediately before, during, and after the abolition of slavery in the United States, we ca...