Confronting the Death and Misery of War

Have the accounts and imagery of this misery helped to prevent wars?

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Over the centuries up to the present day, millions of warriors and civilians have experienced war. There must have been a moment when most have thought, or uttered, the equivalent of “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.” I doubt, though, that anyone has made this “never again” pledge so poetically, so beautifully.

Those of us who have not experienced it know the misery of war and its aftermath, as war has always been a preferred subject matter of any era’s media. Before photography and video, there were drawings, paintings, theatrical representations, epics, and all manner of written and oral accounts.

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe, National Archives at College Park

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