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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



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Table of

Visual Evidence

Photo 2: Marchers and State Troopers, March 7, 1965

[Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.(Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Photo 3: “Bloody Sunday”

[Photo 1] with link to larger version of photo.(Library of Congress)

Questions for Photo 2

1. Examine these photos carefully. It might be useful to divide them into sections and to list everything you see in each section. What is happening here? You may want to go back to Reading 2 to reconstruct the events of the march and the troopers’ attack. At what point in the action do you think each photo was taken?

2. The man in the dark raincoat at the left center of Photo 2 is Hosea Williams. In Photo 3, the man in the light raincoat is John Lewis. Can you find him in Photo 2? In what ways do these photos add to their accounts of the march in Reading 2?

3. Photo 2 was taken by an FBI observer. Many people have criticized the Federal government for not allowing these observers to intervene to prevent violence. None of the newspaper photographers recording the march took action to prevent the violence either. Do you think they should have? What do you think you would have done if you had been there?

4. Photo 3 is blurry because it was taken by a photographer standing some distance away using a telephoto lens. Why do you think the reporter didn’t get closer to the marchers, even though he probably could have gotten a clearer picture?

5. Imagine that you are watching TV on Sunday night or reading a newspaper Monday morning and seeing images like these. How do you think you would react?

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Photo 1 and Photo 2, but be aware that the file will take as much as 28 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.



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