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HIST 5701: History of Epidemics: Sources

Primary Source

The Cholera Epidemic of 1873

Primary Source Example: Written by Dr. John Maynard Woodworth (1837-1879) then Surgeon General of the United States.

Secondary Source

The Cholera Years

The Cholera Years: The United States 1832, 1849, and 1866

written by historian Charles Rosenberg

Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Items directly associated with their producer or user and the time period in which they were created.

Examples include: Diaries, Newspaper Articles, Government Documents, Clothing, Photographs, Oral Interviews, News Broadcasts

Secondary Sources

Analysis and Interpretations based on primary sources and other sources

Examples include: Textbooks, Monographs, Journal Articles, Dissertations, Good Quality Internet Sites, Interviews with Experts in the Field

Your Turn

How will you go about doing historical research? Here is a link to an Internet site that might help.

DoHistory: On Your Own

Includes a history toolkit with how-to essays, bibliographies and links to other sites


Remember this from class?

Samuel Cartwright, MD
Primary Source: Samuel Cartwright, a Medical Professor and Racial Theorist, Reports to the Medical Association of Louisiana on the "Diseases and Physical Peculiarities of the Negro Race," 1851

Book Cover: Race, Ethnicity and Health: A Public Health Reader

Secondary Source: Nancy Krieger, "Shades of Difference: Theoretical Underpinnings of the Medical controversy on Black/White Differences in the United STates, 1830-1870,' in Thomas A. LaVeist, ed. Race Ethnicity, and Health. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002), pp. 11-33.

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