Image Essay Assignment
Your essay will deal with an era and time period. The focus is on historical factors that shaped the era. You must answer these questions for this assignment. If your paper does not address these questions, you will receive a 0 for the assignment. All of the questions are about one image.
Your image may be about any one of the following movements:
• Second Great Awakening, Temperance Movement, Education Reforms, Cities, Industries, Women, Abolition Movement
What are the specific objects, clothing, scenery, people in the image?
a. What do these specific objects reveal about the era, class, race and social conditions?
What do the choices the photographer/painter made tell you about the image?
a. What era is this image from? Where was it placed/viewed? Who owned it?
b. How do the choices made by the photographer affect the viewer of this moment in time?
c. Why did someone take this picture the way they did?
What does this image reveal about the expectations of this era?
a. What are the social ramifications/effects of this image?