Review Step One: Observation <<<
Review Step Two: Interrogation <<<
Once a document has been thoroughly interrogated, you can move on to the interpretation and research stages of document analysis. These two stages go hand in hand as they build upon one another. As you critique your evidence, you will find more directions to take your research and the more you research the more evidence you will find.
Historical interpretation, however, is not always an easy or straight-forward task. As Victoria Bissell Brown and Timothy Shannon point out in "Principles for Interpretation," as you begin interpreting sources it is important to remember:
Now that we have practiced observation and interrogation, review manuscript
LWS 4031 again and prepare your own interpretation.
Q. What recources, primary and secondary, will you utilize? How will you determine which sources are credible?
Examination of John Morrison, July 28, 1800, [Morrison, John. Recorded by John Battoone, Joseph March, and Andrew Bell], LWS 4031-1, box 249, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey.