Megan Ortmeyer – “LBJ taking the oath” Post 9

This week’s blog post will be my final blog post.  I have gathered enough research to write a very thorough paper over the photo of Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn into office so this week I have been focused solely on pulling together my research and structuring and working on my paper.

As I begin to conclude this entire project, I have reminisced on the significance of the project.  When I first started this research project, I figured it would be pretty straightforward on what the background and context would be.  That it would be focused on President Kennedy’s assassination.  However, through research and further analysis, I have come to understand that a photo can tell more stories than any book could. There are numerous stories that a photo can present; especially when numerous people are pictured in that photo. That it is not necessarily just about the obvious aspects about a photo, but every little detail can fit in to create another person’s story.  And something even more beautiful is that every person’s story ties in to create one larger story in the form of a photograph.  This, therefore, leads to numerous areas of background information that can be researched.

This photo tells the story of Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn into office, the story of the first woman administering the oath of office, how for the first time and only time in U.S. history a Roman missal instead of the Bible was used to swear in the president, the story of the grief and strength in Jacqueline Kennedy, and so many other stories.  All of that is found in one, single photo creating a powerful source of history.

This project has made me view photos, especially historical photos, in a new way.  This photo and other historical photos can tie people closer to history and make that history feel real in a whole new way.  The history is no longer just a story, but it is truly his story, as in, it was very present for the women and men that lived it and it was their life.  Through these photos people are connected to those people and are able to understand them better than before, thus, usually understanding history better than before.


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