Insights into American History

Insights into American History : Photographs as Documents

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For courses in U.S. History Survey II (since 1865), American Studies, Women's Studies, American Civilization, Art, Art History, History of Photography and Communications Theory. This text shows students how to examine and analyze historical photographs as documentary sources in historical research. It takes a case study approach, and also presents many examples of assignments that instructors can use to challenge students to think about using photographs themselves.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 176 x 230 x 10mm | 322.06g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130480444
  • 9780130480446

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The first of its kind, Insights into American History shows students how to "read" and analyze over 140 photographs--both famous and uncelebrated--as important documentary sources. Using a case study approach, the text provides numerous opportunities for teachers and discussion leaders to challenge students to think about photographs as visual history.
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Table of contents

1. Photographs as Documents. 2. Images from American History. 3. Photographic Evidence and Photographs as Symbols. 4. "Say Cheese:" Family Photographs. 5. Suggestions for Further Reading. 6. Credits.
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Review quote

"The strongest aspect of this book is the broad range of topics and photos the author presents. There seems to be something for everyone here. It is geographically and historically diverse, and it gives the reader a contextual history of photography itself." - Craig Hendricks, Long Beach City College"The author has a wide range of historical knowledge and his discussion of particular photos from diverse time periods and cultures makes this book usable for a wide variety of classes." - Carolyn Eisenberg, Hofstra University"Insights into American History opens conversations for students of history and photography, no matter what their level of literacy and preparation-and helps them understand the role of the photograph in documenting and explicating the American past." - Maureen Murphy Nutting, North Seattle Community College
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About Robert M. Levine

Robert M. Levine was the Gabelli Senior Scholar in the Arts and Humanities and Professor of History at the University of Miami. He was the author of nearly two dozen books, including Windows on Latin America 1988, Images of History 1989, and Through the Lens of Charles DeForest Fredricks: Cuba in the 1850s 1990. Levine wrote and produced more than twenty original videotaped documentaries, four of which have been televised nationally on the History Channel.
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