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Author Archives: Alice Fahs

Picturing the Civil War 4: The Memory of the War

How do we remember the Civil War? In this final post I would like briefly to consider the visual images that are attached to our memories of the war-and to think about the multiple ways in which memory and history can diverge. Those of us who teach the Civil War from textbooks in our classrooms […]

Picturing the Civil War 3: African American Soldiers

So far we have talked of the ways in which the Civil War disrupted standard assumptions of how war should look; and also have examined a few of the most popular sentimental images of the war, including a sentimental image of Emancipation. In this post I will consider representations of African American soldiers during the […]

Picturing the Civil War 2: Sentimental Soldiers

In this second part of our forum, I’d like us to consider a few widely-circulated popular images during the Civil War that allow us to think about prevailing cultural beliefs at the time. I will be concentrating entirely on the Union here. The Civil War was, of course, a “home front war” one in which […]

Picturing the Civil War 1

The Civil War was the first war in American history to be illustrated as it occurred- not just through the extraordinary engraved images in the immensely popular Harper’s Weekly, but through widely-distributed Currier & Ives prints; illustrated envelopes (a fad early in the war); illustrated sheet music; pamphlets; cheap yellow-backed iterature; novels; children’s books; souvenir […]