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

  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?

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

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