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.