Analyzing primary source documents
(Adapted from the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/99/billy/analyze.html )
The aim of this essay-writing assignment is to develop an understanding of the interpretive aspects of historical research and experience the historian`s dilemma of assessing the credibility of a primary source.
Researchers also will come to the realization that the frame of reference for the production of the source can influence the researcher`s attempt to gain a true perspective of historical events and/or personalities.
Ho Chi Minh Name: Institution: Course: Date: Identify The document in question is a historical account of the various aspects of the personal and largely political life of Ho Chi Minh. It gives detailed events that took place in the life of Ho Chi Minh with respect to all his political maneuvers and all the efforts that he and his colleagues instigated as they tried to liberate Vietnam from the French rule. A closer look at the document indicates, that the document may have been developed from records that exist on the Vietnam history, having been complied by one of the Vietnamese scholars. At the bottom of the document, it is possible to cite the name of the possible author of the article, Sophie Quinn Judge. Relative to t