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Analyzing and Evaluating Sources

Let’s review how to evaluate sources. My friend Anna is researching how migrant farm workers lived from 1929 - 1939 during America’s Great Depression. Anna found a photograph by Dorothea Lange on the Library of Congress website. She was a famous documentary photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration.

Look closely at the details in this photograph. What do you notice first? What people or objects do you see?

black and white photo of amother and her children

About this Item

Image credit
Library of Congress

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California

Other Title
Migrant mother.

Photograph shows Florence Thompson with three of her children in a photograph known as "Migrant Mother." For background information, see "Dorothea Lange's M̀igrant Mother' photographs ..."

Contributor Names
Lange, Dorothea, photographer

Created / Published
1936 Feb. or Mar.

Now, take a look at the answers to Mr. Lexington's five questions. Can you match the right answer to each question?