reviews

This section contains concise reviews of recent books, online exhibits, and articles that provide new perspectives about visual culture in the past or insights about approaches to using archival images in the classroom. Reviews will be posted on a bimonthly basis. If you have resources to recommend for review, please contact us.

A New World: England's First View of America
Richard Miller, The Beacon School

Richard Miller reviews a valuable resource for teaching visual literacy and engaging students in close analysis of early images of Native Americans.

The Art of Ill Will: The Story of American Political Cartoons
Georgia B. Barnhill, American Antiquarian Society

Georgia Barnhill reviews the most recent broad historical survey of American political cartoons.

Retouching History
Elizabeth Young, Mount Holyoke College

The vast and ever-increasing quantities of material available on the American Civil War – academic and popular, on-line and off-line, verbal and visual – can be daunting, for scholars and students alike. The Retouching History website provides a focused and fascinating case study in how the Civil War is understood – and misunderstood – today.

A Shoemaker's Story
Andrew Gyory, Facts On File

Andrew Gyory reviews a new study by Anthony W. Lee that uses photography to explore the impact of Chinese immigration on a New England factory town in the late-nineteenth century.

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Struggle for African American Identity and Memory
Michael Benjamin, Ph.D, Independent Scholar

Michael Benjamin reviews this study by art historian Amy Helene Kirschke of images published in the NAACP journal the Crisis and the role such images played in developing the civil rights ideology from 1910 to 1934.