P.A.P.E.R.— The author of this document is John W. Weeks, because it is a letter composed by him. It is very blunt and powerful, offering testimony from the surgeon at Columbus that refutes the Governor’s accusations of widespread drug abuse. There is no thesis here, but I think the brevity…


I think the most important questions to ask about primary source materials are ones that help us see them in context. What person or agency created the document helps to understand what may be left out of the document and why, and this can help guide us in our search…


One of the most important strategies for reading historical work is to find the themes in the writing and identify the author’s purpose. Because history is so subjective, an author’s motive for writing may be stronger than their dedication to the truth.

This pair’s well with the 5 C’s of…


Travel anywhere in the Southwest. The canyons with painted walls and black-capped mesas tell some of the oldest stories on Earth — the scriptures of creation.

History has a connotation of events pertaining to human existence, but the geological record can look billions of years into the Earth’s history, and…


At this point, life under Covid-19 has become normalized for me. So much has changed for me since then that it just feels like old news. I’ve adjusted to part-time work that we had to do to accommodate everyone for shorter hours at work.

I haven’t left much of a mark on social media, but I’ve saved a mask in an envelope from the Governor to remember the start of the quarantines. Though the information is mostly oral, I am a primary source for the event. And with my family spread across the country, we’ve all had unique experiences with the virus.


I think it probably has to do with the difference in scale mostly, coupled with the comparatively sparse population that was mostly Mexicans, or just recently Mexican-Americans. The Anglo-American population was just starting to trickle into the West and I think that it ("the Wild West") was considered another sphere…


“The mountain scenery in places is picturesque and interesting, but an air of desolate lonesomeness reigns over the whole country. No living thing can we see as we travel on, save animals and men accompanying us, and not even a bird flies across the road or chirrups in the bushes…


Transitioning to life within the pandemic was easier for me than most people. The year prior — 2019 — was filled with surgeries for me after an accident with an antique shotgun and I spent most of it at home. …

Bryan Barnes

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