While the photographs of battlefields are absolutely compelling, Shannon Perich, curator of Photographic History, is really interested in the ways in which personal relationships with photography during a national crisis help us understand the nuances of past individual experiences. By drilling down to the personal, the complexities of the political, social and cultural life are revealed and create a richer history. This video was created by Matt Lemanski, in partnership with the American University School of Communication. Learn more on our blog: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2011/10/civil-war-portraits-where-personal-and-public-meet-video.html
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