Zulu Chief Photograph
Directions: Examine the photograph, source information, and background information to answer the questions below.
Zulu Chief
Background information:
Frank G. Carpenter was a photographer and a journalist from Mansfield, Ohio. Carpenter wrote travel books that were popular in the United States. This photograph was taken in Zululand in the British colony of Natal, an area that is now a province of South Africa.
Source:
Title: Zulu chief, South Africa
Date Created/Published: [between 1880 and 1905?]
Photographer: Frank G. Carpenter
Library of Congress Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-93982
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/92521091/
Question 1: What is one feature of the photo that might lead you to question its reliability? Explain your reasoning.
Your answer
Question 2: What is one thing you would want to know about either Frank Carpenter or how he took this photo to better determine its reliability?
Your answer
Instructional Goal:
This question asks students to engage in sourcing, contextualization, and corroboration. Students must reason about the content of the photograph and the circumstances of its creation to evaluate its reliability as evidence.

Question 1: I would expect that most students would realize that the “salute” is a western gesture and might not be authentic to Zulu culture.

Question 2: Asks students to think about what information might help corroborate the evidence in the photograph. I would expect they might want to find out if Carpenter had any formal training as an anthropologist or was just out taking travel photos to sell.

Source
Contextualization, Corroboration, Sourcing demo adapted from a lesson by Beyond the Bubble ~ Stanford History Education Group by Peter Pappas / University of Portland edmethods.com
https://beyondthebubble.stanford.edu/assessments/zulu-chief
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