Civil War through Photography and Journalism Analytical Essay by Mancourt

Civil War through Photography and Journalism
An examination of the Civil War as it relates to the images and writings in the media at the time.
# 2219 | 1,249 words | 8 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 17, 2003 in Communication (Journalism) , Art (Photography) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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This paper gives a history on photography and shows the affects of photography and journalism on American society during the Civil War. It provides an in-depth analysis of photographers such as Mathew Brady and his team, and their role in the Civil War. The paper also discusses the newspapers that published these horrific civil war images, and discusses the distribution of these papers to the masses. The paper gives society's reactions by quoting primary and secondary sources on the atrocities that the general public was exposed to.

From the Paper:

"Prior to photography, war was interpreted through words, or the eyes of an artist. The Civil War was the first war to be documented with real pictures. For the first time in American history, people could witness the carnage of war, by simply seeing a picture. In addition to this, newspapers began giving readers personal accounts of battles and this increased circulation. With the start of war photography and increase in journalism, the Civil War became a horrific reality to society, and the most publicized and recorded war that America had ever seen."

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