Times of Sorrow and Hope: Documenting Everyday Life in Pennsylvania During the Depression and World War II: A Photographic Record / Edition 1

Times of Sorrow and Hope: Documenting Everyday Life in Pennsylvania During the Depression and World War II: A Photographic Record / Edition 1

by Allen Cohen, Ronald Filippelli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271022523

ISBN-13: 9780271022529

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Between 1935 and 1946 a group of photographers working for the federal government fanned out across the country to record American life in pictures. Among them were some of the great documentary photographers in American history—including Marjory Collins, Jack Delano, Sheldon Dick, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, and Marion Post Wolcott. This massive

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Between 1935 and 1946 a group of photographers working for the federal government fanned out across the country to record American life in pictures. Among them were some of the great documentary photographers in American history—including Marjory Collins, Jack Delano, Sheldon Dick, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, and Marion Post Wolcott. This massive photographic project, carried out primarily under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI) and later preserved at the Library of Congress, was unrivaled in scope: no comparable attempt to document life in this country has ever been made. Times of Sorrow and Hope is devoted to the Pennsylvania photographs in the FSA-OWI collection. It is both a book and an online catalog.

The Times of Sorrow and Hope book features 150 selected images from the approximately 6,000 Pennsylvania photographs, and they cover themes ranging from coal mining, steelworkers, and women in wartime industries to cities and small towns, farm life, family life, and life among the Amish and Mennonites. The book also includes an essay introducing the FSA-OWI project, an introduction to the catalog of the entire collection of Pennsylvania photographs, and a historical essay on Pennsylvania during the Great Depression and World War II.

The website that accompanies this volume offers a complete catalog of all the FSA-OWI photos taken in the state as well as detailed descriptions and guides to the images. The catalog is keyed to the holdings of the Library of Congress, which houses the fullest collection of FSA-OWI photographs. The Times of Sorrow and Hope website, sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries, can be found at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/crsweb/arts/drc/psupress/frame.html.

Times of Sorrow and Hope provides a unique, comprehensive visual and written record of Pennsylvania history as the state struggled through one of its darkest periods and confronted new economic, political, and social challenges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271022529
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
A Keystone Book ?
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Miles Orvel

Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Pennsylvania from Depression to War

2. The FSA-OWI Photographic Project

Photographs from Pennsylvania

Children

Town and City

At Home

At Leisure

On the Move

On the Land

The Plain People

Coal

Steel

The Westmoreland Project

Patriotic Activity

The War at Home

About the Photographers

3. Introduction to the Times of Sorrow and Hope On-line Catalog

4. Guides to the Times of Sorrow and Hope On-line Catalog

Appendix: FSA-OWI Photographs in This Book

Notes

Resources and Selected Bibliography

Index

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