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Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills. These ready to use guides and tools from the Library of Congress will help teachers plan lessons for students to analyze primary sources.

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*Digital sources for images shown above: Jane Addams, profile (, Drafts of Langston Hughes’s poem "Ballad of Booker T.,” 30 May-1 June 1941 (, Chicago (Victor 18946, B-26733/4 ), Children sitting and kneeling on the ground and painting at Hull House (, Panoramic view of Rockford, Ill. (, Hull-House community workshop Register now: Free classes in painting, sculpture, pottery, weaving, poster art (, Gardner portrait of Lincoln (