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Templeton Middle School Library: French Revolution

The French Revolution

Modern World History Online


Primary v. Secondary Sources

PRIMARY SOURCES are original documents, recordings, or other sources created by someone at the time of the event. People who lived during the time of the event are also primary sources. Some examples of primary sources:

Letters, Postcards

Diaries, Journals, Memoirs, Autobiographies

Government records


Photographs or drawings

Newspaper articles from the time

Speeches, quotations

Interviews, video and audio recordings of people who experienced the event

Songs and music from the time period


SECONDARY SOURCES are works that synthesize, summarize, and/or interpret primary sources and are written by non-participants in the event.



Magazine articles


Library books


Internet Resources