Thursday, July 19, 2012

News---Digitally Enhanced Photographs from the National Archives

The Atlantic magazine is offering online 98 Civil War digitally enhanced photographs from the National Archives. The Atlantic reports "Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, a milestone commemorated by The Atlantic in a special issue.  Although photography was still in its infancy, war correspondents produced thousands of images, bringing the harsh realities of the frontlines to those on the home front in a new and visceral way. As brother fought brother and the nation's future grew uncertain, the public appetite for information was fed by these images. "
 part 1 of 3, covering the places of the Civil War: the battleships, prisons, hospitals, urban centers, and rural pastures where history was made. . . ."       "  . . . part 2 of 3, covering the people of the Civil War: the generals, slaves, civilians, politicians, and soldiers that lived through those turbulent years.    Keep in mind, as you view these photographs, that they were taken 150 years ago -- providing a glimpse of a United States that was only 85 years old at the time. "

Some viewers note that some of captions may be misleading or incorrect.

The photographs are offered in 1024 or 1280 pixels.     Here are the links:

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