For your document reader you will assemble and write short critical introductions (2-3 paragraphs each) to ten to fifteen primary sources that represent the complexity of thinking about your question. You need not limit yourself to textual primary sources: you may include photographs, songs, videos, artwork, and maps, among other sources.
As in all document readers, it important for you to think carefully about how to present your primary sources. How much do you need to excerpt to give your reader an accurate view of the ideas presented in the source? Historical questions are seldom interpreted with a single voice. Do your sources properly reflect the debates and varying perspectives surrounding your issue?
Each primary source should include a heading with the author, title, and year of your source (use a footnote for the full citation), followed by your short introduction, and then the source excerpt.
On this page, you will include a short paragraph talking about the primary source documents in your reader (How do they represent the complexity of your topic? How did you pick them to reflect diverse perspectives?), followed by a table of contents.
In order to provide a comprehensive picture of the effects that the Crisis has on the U.S. foreign policy, I have included primary sources that are related to the development of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the directions of U.S. foreign policies in Cuba. These primary sources include declassified CIA documents, government memos, photos, and correspondence between leaders. These sources would be the best for my project because they provide useful and diverse information for analyzing the issue. I cut sources that were not trustworthy and did not relate to my topic.