Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn
Through Spring 2016
At a time in U.S. History when equality is again at center stage, the Brooklyn Historical Society's ongoing Personal Correspondents exhibition feels particularly poignant. The Society drew primarily from its own archive to give perspective to the Civil War as experienced by Brooklynites. Photographs and letters are supplemented by objects, newspaper clippings, and audio recordings. All of this material works to bring us back to the state of mind of the period, for we can never help but track with us our personal ideologies or contemporary viewpoints. What is revealed is a complicated issue with many sides, alliances, and motivations. It was said by historian James McPherson that this War "determined what kind of nation" the United States was (Bischof, Newsweek). We know today that the fight for equality was long from over. Indeed, the War was a tide-turner, but the waves of the ethical shifts behind it are still being felt and fought for across the nation.
Read a recap of the exhibition by Jackie Bischof in Newsweek.
Learn more about this show at the Brooklyn Historical Society.