Carol Kammen discusses the variety of historical sources.

Often times, we are consumed with discovering the hard facts found in repositories and archives that we forget to seek out the personal stories that fill in the gaps between information.

Kammen suggests examining history inside-out instead of top-bottom.

She uses examples of narratives that personalize well-known historical events.

She says that while personal stories illuminate one aspect of the past, it also ignores another.

But, these types of failures are essential to discovering the generation before ours, and the way it helped shape the population today.