Primary and Secondary Sources

What Good Are Primary Sources?

The links below lead to sources which are followed by a series of discussion questions. 

Source One: Ladies at Tea

Source Two: Men in the Civilian Conservation Corps

As you discuss the examples reached by the links above, consider the following questions:
If a seventy year old homemaker who had always lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; a nineteen year old MTSU exchange student from Bangkok, Thailand; and a thirty five year old Associate Professor of Cultural Studies who grew up outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota looked at this together, would they answer these questions in the same way? Why? 

How old are you?  Where are you from?  How much and what sort of education do you have?  What is your main “job” in life? 

How do these things affect your answers?

What other things about you might affect your answers?




Primary and Secondary Sources Exhibits and Resources Albert Gore Research Center