Long before Internet and television created a culture of 24/7 multimedia instant news updates, photography was the only way for Americans to glean any visual understanding of the nation’s news. Inevitably, it serves as one of the most fascinating forms of historical documentation that exists today.
Civil War photographs depicted the “intensity” of Abraham Lincoln’s gaze, cruel scars extending across the backs of slaves, and the tragic aftermath of Union-Confederate battles. The New York Times presents a short video, Photography and the Civil War, that pairs Civil War photographs with informative historical narrative.
Read about Bowdoin’s 2013 Alumni College, “The Afterlife of the American Civil War,”offering participants the opportunity to engage with the history and culture of the Civil War era through a study of the people and places that helped shape it.