Lesson Plan

Images at War

Visual materials can speak of the past with such immediacy that we feel ourselves in the presence of those times, drawn to knowledge by the power of emotion. Yet, like all documentary materials, images of the past carry contextual information which, after careful analysis, may reveal as much about the past as the evidence presented to our eyes.

Guiding Questions

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Learning Objectives

To examine American attitudes toward war as revealed in Civil War photographs and World War II homefront posters.

To explore ways in which the experience of war has helped shape the American social and cultural identity.

To gain experience interpreting archival images.

To organize a statement of findings.