Raising the Flag: How a Photograph Gave a Nation Hope in Wartime

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By February 1945 the United States had been fighting World War II for more than three years. Soldiers were worn down from battle, and civilians were drained by sacrifice. But a photograph of Marines raising an American flag on Japanese soil gave a wearied nation a renewed sense of pride and hope. This powerful image of strength and determination became the most famous image of the war. It not only captured a moment of victory against a strong foe. It also represented the effort every member of the armed forces ...
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Overview

By February 1945 the United States had been fighting World War II for more than three years. Soldiers were worn down from battle, and civilians were drained by sacrifice. But a photograph of Marines raising an American flag on Japanese soil gave a wearied nation a renewed sense of pride and hope. This powerful image of strength and determination became the most famous image of the war. It not only captured a moment of victory against a strong foe. It also represented the effort every member of the armed forces had made and offered Americans the promise of victory and an end to conflict.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lucy Schall
In a creative and engaging exploration of history, this Captured History series uses an iconic photograph in each volume to introduce the reader to a significant event, the photographer, and the object of the photograph. Raising the Flag focuses on Iwo Jima, the first land owned by the Japanese before the war to be taken by American troops. Burgan describes the fierceness of the battle, the jubilance of the troops, the photographer's luck, and the controversy surrounding the authenticity of the flag raising. In addition, he explains the details that gave the picture power and how a work of art eventually belongs more to its audience than its creator. Each volume in the series is a motivating introduction to the period it describes, and the photograph analysis makes this series a valuable source for team teachers of social studies and language arts. The easy-to-read format and many pictures will appeal to the browsing reader as well as the assigned researcher. In addition to its many study aids, the series provides www.facthound.com for additional information. (Captured History) Reviewer: Lucy Schall
Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Patriotism and optimism surged when Americans saw a photograph which Joe Rosenthal took on February 23, 1945, at a remote Pacific island during World War II. Climbing to Mount Suribachi's peak, Rosenthal preserved an image of six men raising an American flag over territory previously held by entrenched Japanese soldiers. Discussion of military events preceding the flag raising and motivations of both Americans intent on securing Iwo Jima to win the war and Japanese determined to retain that island helps establish readers' awareness to comprehend the emotional intensity that photograph evoked. The text examines military photography's various purposes and provides biographical details concerning Rosenthal's role as a combat photographer. Quotations by Rosenthal, U.S. and Japanese leaders, military personnel, and contemporary Americans enhance the narrative. Burgan chronicles the photograph and surviving flag raisers being featured as heroes at public appearances and memorialized in replicas to generate investments in war bonds. This book describes how Rosenthal's photograph impacted the flag raisers, particularly Ira Hayes; how the image was appropriated by the U.S. Postal Service for a stamp; and how it has remained an enduring popular culture image and inspiration for songs and films into the twenty-first century. Illustrations show captured Japanese flags, wartime camera equipment, and the flag Rosenthal photographed currently displayed at the Museum of the Marine Corps. Sidebars present speech and newspaper excerpts and information about Louis Lowery, another Iwo Jima photographer, and about the flag raised over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. This "Captured History" series volume contains a glossary, timeline, citations, and bibliography. Supplement with Hal Buell's Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue: Iwo Jima and the Photograph that Captured America (2006). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756544492
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Captured History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,101,352
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Battle for Iwo Jima 4

Chapter 2 Conquest and Revenge 11

Chapter 3 Fighters, Flag, and Photo 28

Chapter 4 The Lasting Effect 44

Timeline 56

Glossary 60

Additional Resources 61

Source Notes 62

Select Bibliography 63

Index 64

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