Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Brownies’ Book

The Brownies' Book February, 1920

In a group, complete a quick primary source analysis of the image above to note what you see, what you think or feel about what you see, and any questions that you have. Based on your analysis, what do you think the Brownies’ Book was and why do you think it was created? Then review this page. What more did you learn about the Brownies’ Book was and why it was created? As you answer each question, be sure to point to evidence from the source in your response.

With your group, skim through the February 1920 issue (first page to last page) and have each group member choose 1 image or text section to review/read and analyze. In what way does the content of each relate to the image above? What more did you learn about the Brownies’ Book in general and this issue in particular? Summarize your conclusions using evidence from the pages.

What kinds of content would you include if you were creating a modern-day Brownies’ Book issue with the theme, “I am an American Citizen”?

What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!

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