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Essay on How Can Photography Shape Public Reactions to the American Civil War?

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Criteria A: Strategy of Diagnosis This analysis asks the question "How did pictures form public responses to the American Civil War?" The analysis will take into account the top photographers' works of the moment, for example Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner, and how the public reacted to the images that were shared and what worth the pictures had. It will evaluate the public response by taking a look at press publications similar to those of The New York Times and Harper's Weekly. Publications such as these evaluated the galleries of the artists what they supplied for the viewers. The worth of these photos to the current historians can be taken into account. Criteria B: Summary of Evidence During the Civil War, many Americans needed over written descriptions of the epic battle in eastern Pennsylvania. They lacked visual records- photos of the fields where so many brave men, northerners and southerners alike, had dropped (Nardo 4). The press thrilled readers with its written descriptions of these exploits of these epic characters. But the average man knew little of a private nature about them, such as what they looked like (Nardo 45). [The photos] provided a means for those people to see such living legends up shut, to look them in the eye, so to speak, and get a glimpse of the humanity (Nardo 45). Though the photographers would frequently stage their photos, they are still witness to actual events (Trachtenberg 73). What the photograph depicted originated, as everyone understood, on earth itself, not in the imagination-even if objects have to be moved to realize that the photographer's intention (Trachtenberg 83). It defined and perhaps even helped unify the state via an unrehearsed and uns...

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