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Nineteenth-Century Family Portraits
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The lessons in this issue encourage the use of photographs, specifically family photographs, in the teaching of nineteenth-century life. Students analyze nineteenth-century family portraits for an idea of the family structure that was changing with industrialization, urbanization, immigrations, and other trends.

The students also use photographs to search for clues to nineteenth-century family characteristics. Supplemental pages describe the long and sometimes difficult procedure for taking photographs in the nineteenth century.

Note: This is an archival publication dating back to 1988 and any supplements or suggestions for off-site education may not be available.

Download "Art to Zoo: Nineteenth-Century Family Portraits: Looking into Home, Sweet Home" (PDF).

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