Now that you have read the newspaper articles, see if your answers are similar to those that are on this page.
1. What happened?
2. What stands out about the accused and the victim?
|Victim||Diana, Tanko, Domka, Donka||Bialaski, Bitelsky, Bialaska, Peremebida, Peremjbida|
|Accused||Tony, Antone, Anton, Philip, Toney||Retkevich, Reskevich, Retkovitz, Peremybida, Balkewicz, Reckovitz, Rektovitz|
3. Who were the majority population in Fall River during this time period and do you think this had an impact on the case and/or how it was reported?
4. Did you find anything else unusual about this case?
You may have noticed that some of the articles were incomplete. In addition, not all published articles were included as part of this exercise. This happened for a few reasons:
This lack of completeness is something you should be thinking about, and should have you asking:
The answers to these questions should make you realize that when you are doing primary source research, particularly in newspapers, it is crucial that you read the complete article, and that you follow the story from beginning to end. Following the story is not always easy, as you may not have dates to look up, or knowledge that the story continues past the "expected" end.
If you were to research, and write, a paper about this case, it would be strongly recommended that you base your analysis of the events using more than just newspaper articles. What would you consider a reliable source of primary information? Remember that the vast majority of primary sources are not digitized, so it is not a good idea to only rely on what you are able to find through the Internet. You will need to contact librarians and archivists to help you find additional primary sources.
These are some possible additional primary sources (click on the c0ver to see the entry for this case):