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HIST234: African American History: Writing captions and finding other secondary sources

Caption Writing

Captions do not have to follow this exact order. Nor do they need all three pieces each time, but this a good starting point.

Explain what the artifact is, depicting, describing, or a piece of. Basically this is the “what is this thing?” part of the caption.
Tell the viewer where to look or focus their attention or what to notice i.e. the “where to put my eyeballs” portion.
Put the artifact in the context of the larger historical narrative. This must be historically grounded in secondary source material. This can be seen as the “why is this important?” piece of the caption.

Slides from class with example of presentation

Finding Articles--General

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