A student in 2013 is researching John F. Kennedy, who served as U.S. president from 1961 to 1963. Which of the following is an example of a primary source the student might consult during her research?
A. A recorded interview with John F. Kennedy on the day he was elected president
B. A textbook published in 2000 about 20th-century presidents' accomplishments
C. An online encyclopedia entry about John F. Kennedy's major accomplishments
D. A magazine article honoring the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death
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I'd say A.
A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.