Pancho Villa



Examine the photograph, the source information, and the background information to answer the questions below.

Background information: Pancho Villa (center) was a military leader in the Mexican Revolution. The Mutual Film Company had a contract with Villa to film real and reenacted battle scenes with his troops during the revolution. They made the silent film The Life of General Villa in 1914.


Title: Villa Reviews Troops
Date of photograph: 1914
Copyright: Mutual Film Company

Question 1: Why might the background information above lead you to question the reliability of the photograph?

Question 2: What is one thing you would want to know about Pancho Villa or the Mutual Film Company to better determine the reliability of the photo?

About the Assessment

This assessment gauges students’ ability to source, contextualize, and corroborate a document. Students must consider how the contextual information about the creation of the photograph affects its reliability as historical evidence of Pancho Villa and his forces during the Mexican Revolution. Students must also think about what other information they might seek to help them evaluate the reliability of the document.