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The Resource Elevate the masses : Alexander Gardner, photography, and democracy in nineteenth-century America, Makeda Best

Elevate the masses : Alexander Gardner, photography, and democracy in nineteenth-century America, Makeda Best

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Elevate the masses : Alexander Gardner, photography, and democracy in nineteenth-century America
Title
Elevate the masses
Title remainder
Alexander Gardner, photography, and democracy in nineteenth-century America
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Makeda Best
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Language
eng
Summary
Alexander Gardner is best known for his innovative photographic history of the Civil War. What is less known is the extent to which he was involved in the international workers' rights movement. Tying Gardner's photographic storytelling to his transatlantic reform activities, this book expands our understanding of Gardner's career and the work of his studio in Washington, DC, by situating his photographic production within the era's discourse on social and political reform. Drawing on previously unknown primary sources and original close readings, Makeda Best reveals how Gardner's activism in Scotland and photography in the United States shared an ideological foundation. She reads his Photographic Sketch Book of the War as a politically motivated project, rooted in Gardner's Chartist and Owenite beliefs, and illuminates how its treatment of slavery is primarily concerned with the harm that the institution posed to the United States' reputation as a model democracy. Best shows how, in his portraiture, Gardner celebrated Northern labor communities and elevated white immigrant workers, despite the industrialization that degraded them. She concludes with a discussion of Gardner's promotion of an American national infrastructure in which photographers and photography played an integral role. Original and compelling, this reconsideration of Gardner's work expands the contribution of Civil War photography beyond the immediate narrative of the war to comprehend its relation to the vigorous international debates about democracy, industrialization, and the rights of citizens. Scholars working at the intersection of photography, cultural history, and social reform in the nineteenth century on both sides of the Atlantic will find Best's work invaluable to their own research
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Midwest
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1975-
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Best, Makeda
Dewey number
973.7
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Gardner, Alexander
  • Gardner, Alexander
  • Democracy
  • Labor movement
  • Slavery
  • United States
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adult
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Elevate the masses : Alexander Gardner, photography, and democracy in nineteenth-century America, Makeda Best
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online resource
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT13639872
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780271087528
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
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MWT13639872
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remote
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13639872
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Elevate the masses : Alexander Gardner, photography, and democracy in nineteenth-century America, Makeda Best
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT13639872
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780271087528
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT13639872
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
13639872
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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