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TPS Quarterly

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This issue explores how teachers can use primary sources of different formats.

Analyzing primary sources in various formats such as letters, maps, drawings, newspaper articles, motion pictures, and sound recordings can deepen not only content knowledge but also students’ understanding of the human condition. On the Library of Congress Web site, teachers and students can find the correspondence of presidents and pioneers, recordings of fiddle tunes and opera scores, interviews after the attack on Pearl Harbor and interviews after the attacks on September 11, 2001. This TPS Quarterly issue gives strategies for using digitized primary sources of different formats to help students investigate the evidence of everyday lives and extraordinary legacies left behind by those who came before them.