A Primary Document of the Jim Crow South.
"At the bus station in Durham, North Carolina". 1940. Jack Delano, photographer. FSA/OWI, Library of Congress; retrieved from Encyclopedia of American Studies, CREDO database.
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What is a Historiography? Because there are differing sources, tendencies, and biases on which history is constructed, a historiography gives a writer the opportunity to look critically at the received narrative. This critical approach attempts to create a dialogue with the various schools of thought, to refute or to champion the major recognized views on the topic. It looks at the history of the history being explored, examining how views have changed with time. For example, a historiography might critique a primary document arguing that black soldiers fighting in the Union Army should be segregated from and paid less than white soldiers, demonstrating this as evidence of the biases prevalent at the time.
Here are good sources for learning more about historiographies, primary and secondary documents, various approaches and tendancies, and more: