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The Primary Sources in North Dakota History: Introduction

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For high school teachers in need of ND Studies materials, North Dakota History (2008) supports the study of this state at the high school level. This textbook is a collection of articles from North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains presenting an overview of the state's history.

On this page, you will find links to primary documents that support North Dakota History and enhance the learning experience. Primary sources are first-person documents, often created by people who were present at the event. These might include letters, diaries, official reports, photographs, maps, or artifacts. These primary documents tell stories of the way the people who lived here brought about changes in their economic activities, social relationships, and local and international political structures.

Each unit link corresponds to a unit in the textbook. Teachers can choose one or more document sets from each unit to supplement the textbook learning. Optional activities within these document sets encourage students to develop skills in interpreting historical events as well as develop competence in critical and historical thinking.

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