I will admit that Wiki and I do not always see eye to eye. A great resource, yes. My main mode of content acquistion, no. As a teacher I really appreciate the simplicity of Wikipedia and the vast array of sources you can pull from a one stop website, but I find myself questioning how much I want my students using this site as their only form of research.
Now I have never added anything to Wikipedia nor do I feel the inclination to do so. However, I know people who have done so and… Continue
Added by Jason Bolchalk on September 28, 2009 at 4:50pm —
Added by John Lee on September 28, 2009 at 4:37pm —
Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Born: Bolton, England 1837 Died: Santa Barbara, California 1926.
Oil on canvas mounted on aluminum 84 x 144 1/4 in. (213.0 x 266.3 cm.) Remarks: Frame: 111 x 170 in.
Lent by the Department of the Interior Museum L.1968.84.1
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor N… Continue
Added by Robert Coven on September 28, 2009 at 4:36pm —
Added by John Lee on September 28, 2009 at 4:25pm —
What role does “Wikihistory” have in learning and the class room? I have heard one professor at NC State discussed by peers this year who gets physically agitated at the mere mention of Wikipedia. A reference in class to an “undocumented” and “unprofessional” source is regarded as treason to the seasoned academic scholar. But I often go to Wikipedia as a quick and mostly reliable source of information. Last week I was trying to describe a fractal to a friend without much success in describing a… Continue
Added by Aaron Munz on September 28, 2009 at 2:48pm —
***I tried saving the image to my computer but it was being quite unruley... its a pretty well known painting and can be accessed by the link above or by using google image and typing in Charles T. Webber "The Underground Railroad
Charles T. Webber’s painting titled The Underground Railroad (1893) shows a number of slaves being led… Continue
Added by Alice Harmon on September 28, 2009 at 2:30pm —
Candido Portinari and his 1935 painting Café
“Came red earth and the coffee.
The lost souls, the swamps and jungles
Joining me as the scarecrow,
What is my self-portrait.
All things weak and poor
Like me.” -Candido Portinari
Portinari was born on Decemeber 30, 1903 in a coffee plantation in brodsoqui within the state of Sao Paulo. At fifeteen Portinari moved to Rio De Janeiro and… Continue
Added by Anisha Andrews-Williams on September 28, 2009 at 12:55pm —
There is much more to the George Armstrong Custer story than merely his “Last Stand” and “Keep to Your Sabers, Men!” is one catalyst for examining the career of an officer than still influences today’s Army, especially the cavalry. My first assignment as a 2nd Lieutenant was in the 7th United States Cavalry at Camp Garryowen in the Republic of South Korea. It was there that I was introduced to the… Continue
Added by Aaron Munz on September 28, 2009 at 12:30pm —
The Image Pedlar, ca.1844
by Francis Willam Edmonds (American painter, 1806-1863)
A man balances a tray of plaster-like images on his head while extending an image out toward a woman who is examining it. Other people are there, adults and children, apparently the rest of the family, all of them inside a large room with sparsely decorated plastered walls. A musket and powder horn hang on the wall,… Continue
Added by Charley Norkus on September 28, 2009 at 6:30am —
I decided to choose an oil painting of George Washington painted by North American artist Thomas Sully in 1820. This is a reproduction of the original painting created by Gilbert Stuart.
One of the most esteemed leaders of our patriotic past, George Washington stands at attention in his typical confident stance. Situated beneath his hand on the table sits a scroll to which one may assume is the Constitution which he worked so hard to… Continue
Added by Jason Bolchalk on September 27, 2009 at 7:08pm —
The Boylan Heights neighborhood in Raleigh was establish in 1907 and is currently home to one of the most politically and culturally active populations in the city. In October of 1978 the 1913 box truss bridge was closed by the City of Raleigh because of safety concerns. This decision generated considerable controversy not only because of neighborhood access issues but also because the old bridge was considered historically significant. Apparently it was the only bridge of its kind remaining in… Continue
Added by Aaron Munz on September 25, 2009 at 7:01am —
The analysis of Benjamin West’s work in the late 18th century enlightened me on how little I know about analyzing art! However, I really enjoyed reading the article written by Vivien Fryd about the Indian and William Johnson and their inclusion in West’s The Death of General Wolfe. Although my eyes were drawn to the Indian from the first time I saw this picture it was interesting to read her analysis of why she thought West included this Indian when he was clearly not there at General Wolfe’s… Continue
Added by Alice Harmon on September 21, 2009 at 8:55pm —
I should preface this blog by making a confession: I have no idea about art! Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying I dislike it, I am just saying that I was never well taught about it or how to appreciate it. So when we were assigned to read this article, Benjamin West was a foreign name to me.
I carried on however and began to read the article, "The Life, Studies and Works of Benjamin West." I found myself scrolling through page after page trying to wrap my head around this rather… Continue
Added by Jason Bolchalk on September 21, 2009 at 3:59pm —
Benjamin West was the first American artist to go to Europe for training, in Italy in the 1760’s. After his training in Italy he moved to England and was one of King George III’s sponsored artists. He eventually became the official royal historical artist. He split from previous artists in his most famous work, “The Death of General Wolfe” which he painter in 1790 depicting the death of General Wolfe, the commander of British forces in the… Continue
Added by Aaron Munz on September 20, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Lincoln and Tree.jpg
***I'm having problems getting the picture loaded because my browser is slow today***
Instrumental: The meaning in this picture is pretty straightforward. In the picture Abraham Lincoln is giving one last warning for the man in the tree to come down. The man holding onto the tree seems pretty… Continue
Added by Anisha Andrews on September 17, 2009 at 8:42pm —
"This Reminds Me of A Little Joke"
(Incase this picture is not uploading right the URL is: http://elections.harpweek.com/1864/cartoon-1864-Medium.asp?UniqueID=32&Year=1864 It is under the HarpWeekly 1864 Election campaign)
• Instrumental: In this picture it shows President Lincoln (this is a 1864 election photo so he was “President” Lincoln) holding George McClellan in his hand. McClellan was Lincoln’s Democratic rival for… Continue
Added by Alice Harmon on September 17, 2009 at 6:00pm —
This image came from Harpweek.com and is a political banner from the 1860 election link.
• Instrumental = The cartoon is just one of several campaign banners for the Republican Party for the 1860 Presidential election. The image shows how Lincoln and Hamlin are very focused in on the idea of maintaining American Industry and the freedoms created by our Constitution. It seems that they are stressing the issues that will attract the… Continue
Added by Jason Bolchalk on September 17, 2009 at 4:39pm —
In Werner’s essay “Reading Visual Texts” he offers that there are seven different ways in which texts, pictures and diagrams can be “read” or interpreted. They are instrumental, narrative, iconic, editorial, indicative, oppositional and reflexive. Below are these seven “readings” applied to the 1865 lithograph Columbia’s Noblest Sons by Kimmel & Forster was created following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Instrumental: Text… Continue
Added by Aaron Munz on September 17, 2009 at 9:28am —
As mentioned in my previous blog post, this particular political cartoon portrays Lincoln's dreams of fear of defeat in the 1864, a fear that never materialized. However, it is uncanny and almost prophetic what he feared. As history would evolve later, we learn that many of Lincoln's concerns after his death proved to be very real. Some historical memoirs, including an adapted version in an NBC… Continue
Added by Chris Touch on September 17, 2009 at 4:19am —
Seven Interpretations of Lincoln as Yorick
ECI 525—Robert Coven—September 16, 2009
Justin H. Howard, “I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest . . . where be your gives now?—Hamlet, Act IV (sic), scene 1,” [NY: Thomas W. Strong] 1864, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print.
Gen. George… Continue
Added by Robert Coven on September 17, 2009 at 12:23am —