Twelve Images That Have Defined America

Questions to Consider

  • What do you see?
  • What don’t you see (i.e. what has been left out of the composition)?
  • Who created the image?
  • Who was the intended audience for the image?
  • How does background information impact interpretation?
  • How does our perspective differ from that of the original audience?
  • Can you find any connections to earlier historic images?
  • Can you identify any historic texts to pair with this image?
  • Can you find any more modern images that resonate with this one?
  • Can you re-mix or re-imagine this image for today’s era?
  • How would you tweet this image, or caption it for a public exhibit?
  • How would you use this image in an essay about the period?