Maryland in Black and White: Documentary Photography from the Great Depression and World War II

Maryland in Black and White: Documentary Photography from the Great Depression and World War II

by Constance B. Schulz
     
 

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Between 1935 and 1943, the United States government commissioned forty-four photographers to capture American faces, along with living and working conditions, across the country. Nearly 180,000 photographs were taken—4,000 in Maryland—and they are now preserved in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Constance B. Schulz presents

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Between 1935 and 1943, the United States government commissioned forty-four photographers to capture American faces, along with living and working conditions, across the country. Nearly 180,000 photographs were taken—4,000 in Maryland—and they are now preserved in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Constance B. Schulz presents a selection of these images in Maryland in Black and White.

Maryland in the 1930s and early ‘40s truly represented a microcosm of America, a middle ground where beach and mountain, north and south, urban and rural, black and white, farmer and businessman, rich and poor, young and old met. This period also witnessed a turning point in the state’s history. The pace and nature of change varied from region to region, but even in areas that seemed most resistant to it—the Chesapeake Bay, where oyster tongers harvested their catch using methods unchanged for centuries, or the mountains and streams of Garrett County, where the seasons timelessly repeated themselves—the momentum toward a modern economy, influenced if not dominated by urban and national concerns, had significant impact.

Within these pages, the farms and coal fields of 1930s and '40s Western Maryland, the tobacco fields of Southern Maryland, watermen in wooden boats along the Eastern Shore, and smiling couples dancing at a wartime senior prom come back to life. These photographs reveal places we know but scarcely recognize and give us another look at the people of "the greatest generation."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421410852
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,078,774
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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"When I reflect on the grimness of the Depression and World War II, I naturally think in terms of the dramatic qualities of black and white photography. Among the images Schulz includes here, even a seemingly routine photo of a Hagerstown railroad station has a certain wonderful, almost Edward Hopperesque, quality to it."—from the Foreword by Frederick N. Rasmussen

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from the Foreword by Frederick N. Rasmussen
When I reflect on the grimness of the Depression and World War II, I naturally think in terms of the dramatic qualities of black and white photography. Among the images Schulz includes here, even a seemingly routine photo of a Hagerstown railroad station has a certain wonderful, almost Edward Hopperesque, quality to it.

Meet the Author

Constance B. Schulz is a professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina. She is author of Michigan Remembered, 1936–1943: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information and coeditor of Witness to the Fifties: The Pittsburgh Photographic Library, 1950–1953.

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