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Photograph of Emigrants

Photograph of Emigrants

Photograph of Emigrants

What does this photograph tell you about life in the American West? Who are the people? What are they doing? Do you think this is a primary or seecondary source? Why or why not? Does it matter? How can a historian learn from both types of sources?

Remember, primary sources are objects and first-hand accounts created by witnesses during the time of an event in history. And secondary sources are objects from a later time period and second-hand accounts by individuals who did not witness or experience the events recorded.

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