Primary Source Sets

Using primary source documents gives students the power to analyze history as historians do.

Primary sources are created in the moment of the historical event being studied. These primary source sets contain documents and photos arranged by topic that teachers can use in their lesson plans. Each set is accompanied by a teacher’s guide containing historical context, teaching suggestions, and relevant NGSSS and Florida Standards.

Territorial Period

The Florida Seminoles

The Florida Seminoles

Seminole leaders of the Second Seminole War and treaties

Florida in the Civil War

Florida in the Civil War

Florida in the Civil War

Letters, diaries and official records

Post-Civil War Florida

Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator

Mary McLeod Bethune

An interview with Mary McLeod Bethune and photographs

The Cigar Industry

The Cigar Industry Changes Florida

Photographs and documents

Railroads Change Florida

Photographs, maps, railroad scrip and a letter from Henry Flagler

The Depression to World War II

Florida During World War II

Florida During World War II

Letters, telegrams, advertisements and brochures depicting life during World War II

Contemporary Florida

Civil Rights Movement in Florida

Civil Rights Movement in Florida

Photographs, letters and documents

The Cuban Experience in Florida: Revolution and Exodus

The Cuban Experience in Florida

Photographs, government documents, letters, videos and interviews

NASA and the Space Program Change Florida

NASA and the Space Program Change Florida

Photographs, government documents, letters and videos

The History of Foodways in Florida

The History of Foodways in Florida

Foodways as a lens for investigating the cultural, social and political history of Florida and the United States