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A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War

 
 
Author
Jennifer A. Watts.
Publisher Huntington Library  
Format no jacket
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 6.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780873282659
Pages/Publication Date 176/2015
Daedalus Item Code 61273
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During the Civil War years, photography became a powerful tool of reportage and remembrance; "The field of photography is extending itself to embrace subjects of strange and sometimes of fearful interest," wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes in reference to a haunting series of Civil War views. Drawing on more than 200 works from the superb Civil War collections at the Huntington Library, many never published before, this handsome catalogue explores how photography and other media were used to describe, explain, and perhaps come to terms with a national trauma on an unprecedented scale. The volume focuses on the Battle of Antietam (after which the first photos of battlefield dead were made), the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the national mourning that ensued (including the execution of the conspirators), and the establishment of Gettysburg National Monument as part of larger attempts at reconciliation and healing.
 
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