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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
“I seen my opportunities and I took ’em,” said George Washington Plunkitt in this charming manual ...
Facing an Economic Revolution
Woodrow Wilson calls for government intervention in the economy in order to preserve American freedoms in ...
The Crime of the Century
The tangled story of the great crime of the 20th century, the 1932 kidnapping and murder ...
'Jewtown' in the New Land
Writing about the tenements of New York, Jacob Riis describes how Jewish immigrants made their way ...
A Matter of Conscience
Still an unannounced candidate, Lincoln viewed this address before Eastern leadership as a crucial moment for ...
The Plight of the Working Class
A vitally important document and the best account of the working class under the new industrialism.
A Streetcar Named Pleiku
The 1965 attack on the U.S. base at Pleiku in South Vietnam was a turning point: ...
Peanuts, Popcorn & American Presidents
Ray Robinson surveys the presidential attitude toward baseball since the ...
The Story of a Photograph
Walker Evans, Ellie Mae Burroughs, and the Great Depression
Although the Great Depression brought suffering to the cities in equal measure, the images of rural poverty and despair remain the more searing memories of the worst economic collapse in American history. This is largely due to the small band of photographers who recorded the miseries of the poor, under the auspices of the New Deal’s Farm Security Administration. Notable among them were Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, and Walker Evans. The story that Jerry Thompson tells here is of Evans’s iconic photograph of Ellie Mae Burroughs of Hale County, Alabama. Evans made it while working with James Agee on assignment from Fortune magazine. It is not only a great picture technically but has become a memorable symbol of difficult times. How it came to be, and what consequences it provoked, make for a fascinating tale.
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