Relating Articles; Picturing a War

[Le Beau, Bryan. “”colored Engravings for the People”: The World According to Currier and Ives”.American Studies 35.1 (1994): 131–141. Web…]. The mind behind this particular piece is historian and former dean, Bryan Le Beau, a scholar in the top of their field regarding topics such as the Civil War. Currier & Ives, a famous publishing, began its work in New York before expanding into the business of lithographing images of the Civil War. Le Beau uses many of Currier & Ives images themselves to emboss his key points while elaborating on the history of this publishing company. The main purpose of this article seems to try to capture the history of Currier & Ives and their take on the world in their art. This view, then, would have the audience be those interested in how Currier & Ives developed and how they contributed to American Culture. While having many interesting notes contextually regarding the history of the artist behind the image of interest, there is very little on what I am specifically looking for to speak on length about.

C&I Print 2

Print featured in LeBeau’s piece regarding Currier & Ives

Faust, Drew G. 2001. The Civil War soldier and the art of dying. The Journal of Southern History 67(1): 3-38. The author of this particular article is none other than Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and an expert in the field of American History. The thesis in question revolves around how the Civil War created a death that deviated from “ordinary death”, a death with different meanings that invoked different emotions like no war before it. Faust employs countless statistics, indescribable images, and various quotations to back her point. As a scholarly article, the intended audience would most likely be those interested in the change of both representation and culture that was brought about during this great period of American destruction. I find this article highly useful in augmenting my outlook on historical and cultural contexts, though its focuses make it impractical for my purposes.


In essence, both sources are highly interesting and scholarly, but only offer small amounts of information that can be useful for the project. Faust has a plethora of different remarks on death and how it developed during the civil war. This information, however, is useless due to the nature of the image planned for the project: “The Soldier Dreams of Home”. Similarly, Le Beau offers many remarks on the development of images and Currier & Ives, but doesn’t offer me information that is pivotal to my work or the image in question. While both articles are scholarly and host ideas and people key to the themes of the civil war, they are useless to me beyond the small tidbits relevant to my ideas.

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