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ANTH 191 WI Research Seminar in Anthropology: Newspapers and Other Primary Sources

This is a guide specifically for Anthropology 191 WI Research Seminar in Anthropology focusing on the anthropology of the far right.

What Is A Primary Source?

A primary source is a source that is produced at the time of an historical event by those who usually have participated in it, or at least are close to the actions being described. Historians use primary sources to build up their arguments and accounts. Newspaper accounts at the time can be primary sources. Others would be interviews (even later if it is of those who have participated at the time), diaries, photographs, musical performances at the time, sermons given at the time. The use of primary source material can enhance your presentation. Sometimes it can reveal something unexpected about the events you are studying. Even the study of contemporary events can be enhanced by the use of primary source material.

Primary Sources

Southern Poverty Law Center Monitors hate groups and far-right extremists in general in the United States. Webpage contains a large amount of primary material. Probably the best source of material.

ADL Anti-Defamation League Contains some primary source material on anti-Jewish hate crimes in the United States.

CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations Contains some primary source material on anti-Islamic hate crimes in the United States. 

HRC Human Rights Campaign Contains some primary source material on anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes in the United States.

Disclaimer: Each organization uses a different definition of a hate group and some organizations on the lists may be contested. It is probably best to discuss any questions you have about a particular organization listed with your professor.


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