Print the Legend: Photography and the American West

Front Cover
Yale University Press, 2002 - History - 402 pages
0 Reviews
Resurrecting scores of rare images of the 19th century American West, "Print the Legend" offers engaging tales of ambitious photographic adventurers, and misinterpreted images. Chronicling both the history of a place and the history of a medium, this book portrays how Americans first came to understand western photos and to envision their expanding nation. 138 illustrations.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Print the legend: photography and the American West

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

This passionate and compassionate book is closer to historiography (how historians do their work) than to history. Sandweiss (American studies & history, Amherst Coll.; coeditor, The Oxford History ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
ix
Picture Stories Photography and the NineteenthCentury West
1
The Spirit Is Wanting Photography and the MexicanAmerican War
15
Of Instruction for Their Faithfulness Panoramas Indian Galleries and Western Daguerreotypes
47
A Panorama of the Country Government Enterprise Daguerreotypes and the Exploration of the Far West
87
The Attempt Has Not Met with Distinguished Success Early WetPlate Photography and Western Exploration
121
Westward the Course of Empire Photography and the Invention of an American Future
155
Mementoes of the Race Photography and the American Indian
207
Print the Legend Western Photography and the Illustrated Book
275
Pictures as History and Memory Photography and the Story of the Western Past
325
Notes
345
Index
391
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2002)

Martha A. Sandweiss is professor of history and American studies at Amherst College.

Bibliographic information