Lincoln Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Lifeby Martin W. Sandler
A man of humble beginnings, minimal schooling, and early failures, Abraham Lincoln was, above all, a man of the people. This frontiersman-turned-chief executive was a simple man with large goals, who was savvy enough to recognize the power of the new invention of photography, and was willing to use it to shape his image and create an historic legacy. More than one
A man of humble beginnings, minimal schooling, and early failures, Abraham Lincoln was, above all, a man of the people. This frontiersman-turned-chief executive was a simple man with large goals, who was savvy enough to recognize the power of the new invention of photography, and was willing to use it to shape his image and create an historic legacy. More than one hundred images of Lincoln's life and times provide a complete portrait of our most revered president, and the events that defined him. From the only confirmed existing picture of Lincoln before the historic Gettysburg Address to his second inauguration-where he is unknowingly surrounded by John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators-to the execution of his murderers, this eye-opening, inspiring visual journey provides a fresh take on one of the most documented and beloved figures in American history.
Gr 5 Up
Part history of early photography, part Lincoln biography, and part documentation of the period, this slim book speaks volumes in both words and pictures. Each spread is a self-contained "chapter." The first few provide an overview of Lincoln's life and the role that photography would play in his career. Subsequent spreads are arranged chronologically. The verso begins with a heading and a highlighted Lincoln quote, followed by a page of engaging, insightful text with a small insert photo or reproduction. Captions for both the insert and the facing full-page image appear at the bottom of the page. The generously sized photographs reveal Lincoln at different stages of his political career as well as on the battlefield; his family; and key figures such as Stephen A. Douglas, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and John Wilkes Booth. Historical drawings and paintings, broadsides, and cartoons are also included. The text not only offers a fascinating updated history on the eve of the bicentennial, but also includes many colorful anecdotes and quotes about the mischievous Lincoln boys, Lincoln's beard, and Thanksgiving. This appealing, accessible title will be savored from beginning to end.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
Meet the Author
Martin W. Sandler is the author of more than sixty books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Among his other books are The Story of American Photography, which was named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and the six volumes in his award-winning Library of Congress history series for young people, which has sold more than 500,000 copies. Mr. Sandler is also a respected television writer and producer, with five Emmy Awards to his credit. He has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College. He lives with his wife in Cotuit, Massachusetts.
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