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A Southern Illinois Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1936-1943 (Shawnee Books)
A Southern Illinois Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1936-1943 (Shawnee Books) by Herbert K. Russell 0809315890 9780809315895
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A Southern Illinois Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1936-1943 (Shawnee Books) by Herbert K. Russell

Life on the roadnbsp;was anything but glamorous for Farm Security Administration photographers traveling through southern Illinois in the mid-1930s. Often their most promising subjects lived at the end of the worst roads, many of which lacked bridges, drainage ditches, or gravel. Outfitted with three government-issue cameras, flashbulbs, tripods, and film-processing chemicals, their job was to help explain America to Americans by seeking out and photographing the one-third of the nation FDR described as ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished. Featured in this book are more than one hundred photographs from the collection of a quarter of a million taken by FSA photographers between 1935 and 1943. These pictures capture life during the Great Depression as viewed in the coal-mining towns of Herrin, West Frankfort, and Zeigler; the river communities of Shawneetown, Cairo, and Grayville; the farming regions near McLeansboro, Newton, and Harrisburgmore than two dozen southern Illinois county seats, hamlets, and landings. Together they comprise a photographic portrait of the determination, hard work, and capacity to find ways to celebrate life exemplified by the people of southern Illinois during one of the most difficult periods of American history. FSA photographers helped to invent and popularize the documentary style, a type of photography in which pictures and their arrangement carry much of the information in a story. Intended to document the success of a government project, these pictures survived to preserve for later generations the story of the people of southern Illinois and how they endured the difficult times of the Great Depression.

Author: Herbert K. Russell

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 160

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Publication Date: 1990-02-19

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