Seeing Dead People: Biography in the Survey

Robert Cornelius, Phila., 1839. Possibly the first American photo portrait.This fall, I’m teaching a freshman U.S. history survey with a couple of unusual requirements. First, my class covers American history, from the seventeenth century to the twentieth, in a single frenzied semester. Second, and also by school policy, all the readings in the course must be biographical. Continue reading

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