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“I cannot see why all you artists want a likeness of me,” Lincoln told one photographer in 1858, “unless it is because I am the homeliest man in the State of Illinois.” Despite his unusual looks (or perhaps because of them), Lincoln’s face is now one of the most recognizable in the world. Come learn what Lincoln and his contemporaries thought of his face, along with other fascinating facts, as historian Stephen Berry takes you behind the scenes of some of the Civil War’s most iconic portraits to explain how photography changed the face of both politics and war in the United States.


Civil War and Reconstruction Photography

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