Examining Related Evidence: Conflicting Press Accounts of the "March on Washington," 1963
This internet activity is based on the Examining the Evidence feature found on page 925 of The American Pageant
, Twelfth Edition. Or you can view the feature here
These two differing press accounts of the March on Washington disagreed on the orderliness of the marchers and the need for a police presence. Photographs of events also can convey conflicting information. To investigate further, examine the photographs at the following websites and answer these three questions for each photograph:
Describe the photograph
Does the photo show a significant police presence?
What impression of the March does this photo convey?
- Photo in U.S. News and World Report. Go to the American Memory Project and click on Search; limit the search to Photos and Prints; do a search for "March on Washington"; select the second item, from the African-American Odyssey collection.
- Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Aerial view of the March
After you have answered the above questions for each photograph answer the following:
- Which newspaper account seems more supported by these photographs?
- Is this photographic evidence conclusive? Why or why not?
- Does photographic evidence present some of the same difficulties as newspapers do?