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This intriguing collection of New Deal photographs and texts documents women's lives in late 1930s and early 1940s New Mexico from the railroad yards at Clovis to the homestead community of Pie Town and from Taos County Hispanic villages to Lea Country ranches. The eighty-six photographs by Farm Security Administration photographers John Collier, Jr., Jack Delano, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, and Arthur Rothstein are complemented by twenty-five excerpts from manuscripts in the WPA New Mexico Federal Writer;s Project files. Woman are portrayed as engaged in activities surrounding the home, water and washing, food and cooking, education and welfare, sewing and weaving, commerce, and celebration and ritual.
The Plates and Guides
Photograph Captions: The Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographs in the Library of Congress files display a distinct caption format, which has been followed herein. The place and date of the shot precede the identification and commentary, with the photographer's name and the Library of Congress plate number at the end.
THE PLATES AND TEXT 1
READER'S GUIDE 3
WATER AND WASHING 23
FOOD AND COOKING 35
EDUCATION AND WELFARE 61
SEWING AND WEAVING 77
CELEBRATION AND RITUAL103
NOTES ON THE TEXT 117
APPENDIX The Federal Projects, the Photographers and the Writers 120
THE NEW MEXICO NEW DEAL PROJECTS: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography 127
Posted September 17, 2007
I was given this book as a gift by my daughter. She discovered it quite by accident. This book contains alot of my family history. I had heard stories of my mothers families move to New Mexico and the land grant process but did not realize that there daily lives had been documented. The Beeson family mentioned in the book are my great-grand parents, and there were many great pictures of them. I was lucky enought to know them ( they were in thier 90's when they passed) and what a treasure to learn of there lives and struggles. Linda CooperWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.