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All resources presented or referenced on the Mountain Meadows Association
website are for the benefit of those who seek additional knowledge about
the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Their inclusion does not constitute an
endorsement of the information these references contain. The Massacre is a
very complex issue, and even in primary source documents, the information
may be inaccurate, designed to be deliberately misleading, or biased. We
caution the reader not to mistake any single source as the historical
"truth", but to use the various sources provided as tools to acquire a
better understanding of the event.
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a Primary Source?
Primary Sources (or evidence) are the actual records of events that have
survived from the past. Examples of primary sources include original
documents, letters, photographs, diaries, poems, newspaper accounts, and
interviews. Primary sources serve as the
raw material to interpret the past and enable the researcher to get as close
as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time
period. Primary Sources on the MMA Website.
What is a secondary source?
Secondary Sources are accounts of the past
created by people who are not first-hand witnesses of the event. Secondary
sources are not evidence; they are a commentary or discussion of evidence
written after the fact. Examples of secondary sources include books, journal
articles, monographs, biographies, and other information that interprets
or reviews research works.
Don't take the information at face value!