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Joseph Hancock

Title: Journal Entry and Reminiscence
Type: Diary
Date: 1850
Source: Goodhue County Historical Society

Description: These two sources describe a trip to Red Wing taken by Hancock and his family. One source is his actual journal entry, the other is his reminiscence of the event years later.
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 Journal Entry and Reminiscence

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Activities:

  1. What differences in the style of writing can you see between the journal and the book?



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  2. How did the story in his journal change when he wrote the book years later? What details are different? Why might this be so?



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  3. Which of the two sources do you think would be most reliable?



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  4. What are some of the difficulties in using a diary as a primary source?



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