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Introduction to History: Bias & Perspective

Learn all about the study of history and the skills you will need to investigate the past

A crowd of demonstrators march during the Civil Rights March on Washington

Source: Unseen Histories (2020)

When studying history it is important to try and keep in mind the perspectives and biases of not only yourself, but also the people that you are studying. There can be multiple perspectives of a single historical event, and each of these perspectives are influenced by the bias of the person witnessing or participating the event. Your own perspective may influence how you view certain events, creating what we call bias. Read through the resources below to learn more about perspective and bias, and how to use historical empathy to better understand perspectives and biases.