Primary sources refer to documents or other items that provide first-hand, eyewitness accounts of events.
A newspaper article written at the time an event took place (Pearl Harbor, for example) is a primary source.
Some examples of primary source materials are:
Primary sources are different from secondary sources are written later and usually comment on or analyze historic events or original documents.
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