The photo of the flag raisers accurately represents diversity in America in 1945.
The photo of the flag raisers accurately represents diversity in America in 1945. In his book Flags of our Fathers James Bradley explains the diverse backgrounds of the six boys. He tells us “[The flag raisers] form a representative picture of America in 1945” (Bradley 12). To support this statement he explains that the soldiers lived everywhere from Arizona to New England, had jobs ranging from a mill worker to a tobacco farmer. Although the men in this photo aren’t necessarily ethnically diverse, they are very diverse in their backgrounds and upbringing. This is makes sense considering the large majority of Americans in the 1940s were white.
This image is very meaningful because it represents a united country. The men in the photo come from very different upbringings, but they are unified in this very significant moment. This moment has had very long-lasting effect in American society due to its ability to resonate with every American. It shows that men of all backgrounds are united by their pride in their country.