Letters of a Nation
The Artist's Book.

For this project, we were required to select a letter from the collection of historical correspondence, Letters of a Nation, and design a typographic book with additional texts, that we chose, that placed that letter in the context of history. The book would make a piece of history come alive for the viewer, and its form should be a match for its content—that is, how it is designed and bound should help to communicate our concept.

I contextualized Sullivan Ballou's letter to his wife, written during the battle of the Bullrun, by using General MacArthur's speech: Duty. Honor. Country. In order to highlight his bravery and sacrifice to protect that which he loved most, his country, while providing us with glimpses of his fragile inner state.