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Students have multiple choices for primary documents Students will choose one of the documents given by the instructor. Only write a summary on one (1) document per module. Upload your summary where it says UPLOAD PRIMARY SOURCE MODULE 1. I thought it would be beneficial to give you an example of how to write about a primary document. Primary documents are letters, newspapers, laws, or other forms of communication that occurred during the time period being studied. When studying the American Revolution, an example of a primary document would be the Declaration of Independence. You should give a summary of the primary document. Some of the questions that should be included in your answer would be the following: 1. Who wrote the document and when was it written? 2. Who was the intended audience? 3. What was the purpose of the document? 4. What was one of the most important or most important line from the document? You are asked to write a response to one primary document for each test period or module. The following represents a student response to the primary document of the Declaration of Independence: Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote his draft of this document in 1776. Although the declaration was for the whole world, Jefferson’s main audience was the king of England, George III. Jefferson’s purpose was to announce to the world that the thirteen colonies were free and independent from Great Britain and that these thirteen colonies were forming a new country called the United States. The document is divided into different parts: the preamble or introduction, a list of grievances against the king, and a conclusion. Several of these grievances were later addressed in the Constitution and in the Bill of Rights – such as, not allowing soldiers to be quartered in homes without the consent of the homeowner and the right to have a trial by jury. Other notable grievances included Britain’s taxation policies with colonial representation in Parliament. Probably the most memorable line from the Declaration is, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is ironic that when Jefferson wrote of liberty, he was a slave holder. Summaries should be at least one page excluding headings. You may want to write a longer response depending on the length of the primary document. Each primary document is worth 20 points. The primary documents are located in the link on the left margin under the heading of primary documents. UPLOAD YOUR PAPER WHERE IT SAYS SUBMIT PRIMARY SOURCE MODULE 1 All papers should be Double Spaced, in Times New Roman font 12 pnt. One page long.