American image Photographing one hundred fifty years in the by Martin W Sandler

By Martin W Sandler

For a hundred and fifty years the digital camera, within the fingers of either execs and amateurs, has been a continuing eyewitness to the demanding situations the rustic has confronted and to the folk who've formed its triumphs. images has captured the great thing about an untamed land and recorded the force and ingenuity that settled the continent, reworked the younger state into an commercial great, and extended its horizons into the heavens. The digital camera has preserved the typical goings-on that, finally, are the guts of each society. most vital, photographers have recorded the indomitable spirit of our humans.

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The South opposed the North's stiff tariffs. New states were opening up in the western territories, with both North and South wanting to determine these states' rights. Southerners resented what they feU were imposed on them. But the northern ways being slavery was the one issue that served to magnify G. " The 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, the candidate who had proclaimed, "I believe these conflicts, leading historian . J. . government cannot endure permanently and half free," led to the unthinkable the secession, one by one, of southern states from the Union and the formation in 1861 of the Confederate States of America unthis half slave — der President Jefferson Davis.

Est dium THE CIVIL WAR 4 1 Mathew B. " These were the words of a Confederate soldier describing the scene at Richmond after southern I forces set fire to the city as they withdrew. Once Union forces put out the raging fires, Abraham Lincoln himself toured the Confederate capital. In one of the most poignant motnents of the war, Lincoln entered the Confederate White House, sat at Jefferson Dai>is's desk, and lost himself in thought. No photographer was present to record that moment, but this photograph by Brady captures the haunting aftermath of the conflict.

The boats are then taken up, Timothy O'SuUivan The Rappahannock River, Virginia, . The preserve its burg, and Antietam. fact that the very way of life inevitable. In that encoiniter. so typical of oth- had been and would be waged, Lee ouimaneuvered the Union general Cieorge B. MtC^lellan, forcing the northern troops to pull back and wait for their reserves. The exhausted Confederates had no reserves upon which to call and, with an important victory within their grasp, were forced to withdraw to figiit another day.

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