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[Detail] Major-General Zachary Taylor--President of the United States. 1848.

Historical Analysis and Interpretation

Eisenhower addressing troops

Dwight Eisenhower Giving Orders to American paratroopers in England. [June 6, 1944]

Lincoln showing Sojourner Truth the Bible

A. Lincoln showing Sojourner Truth the Bible. Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 1864. [c1893]

Using this collection, students can study the intended message in several of the images. Ask students to imagine that they are public relations agents for the president in each portrait below and answer these questions. What message is conveyed by the picture? Was the message deliberate? Does the message reflect well on those pictured?