Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, “The First Thanksgiving,” 1915, oil on canvas.

Create mini-argument with your answer to the following question:

Could this painting of the "The First Thanksgiving" created by Ferris in 1915 count as a reliable primary source document?

Make a claim/assertion in response to the question and provide some evidence (reasons and explanations) to support your claim!

  • Draw on your knowledge of American history and your understandings of primary source documents to formulate your argument!
  • Use the AEC formula: Assertion, Evidence, Commentary!
  • Write one paragraph that sets some context and presents the mini-argument.