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HIST 2700: History of Pirates and Piracy: Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

  • Written by people involved in historical events
  • Written by people at or very close to the time of the events
  • NOT written by/for historians
  • The "tracks" events leave in time
  • Can be produced by people or institutions
  • Examples: letters, Congressional hearings, sermons, laws, news reports, YouTube videos capturing event itself

Modern Piracy - Agencies, News, Law, Policy

Older Sources

More Places to Look: Government Documents