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Photographic Resources

I am a big fan of primary source use in the classroom. I am also a big advocate for respecting intellectual property rights and take every opportunity to preach proper citation of sources.

My husband knows all of this. Additionally, he is a big Civil War buff. This morning he sent me a link to a story from the Center for Civil War Photography. It seems author David J. Eicher’s book, Gettysburg Battlefield: The Definitive Illustrated History, came under fire when other authors claimed he had used photographs previously published without proper documentation. He had, and he got in trouble for it.

So what? Well, Mr. Eicher used a scanner, not Google image search. The result was the same. These things do happen, and they do have consequences. It is just one more real-life example to share with our students, one more opportunity to encourage them to do the right thing.

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