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[Detail] Vacuum cleaners on display at the J.C. Harding & Co.

Expository Writing

Coolidge on farm

President Coolidge on the Farm, Plymouth, Vermont, between 1923 and 1928.

Calvin Coolidge had a reputation for being somber and reserved. Search Photographs for a variety of pictures of the President and select images of the President that show him in a somewhat different light. Write an essay on how photographs may be used to create or change a public image, incorporating selected photographs to illustrate your perspective.

Students can also search for other photographs (such as the one on the left) and discuss how images may be used to influence public opinions. What message would this image have communicated?