Beyond the Pale
the concept of a prosperousmiddle class, for many a dream,in the midst of a depression1937even in Alabama, a relativelypoor state, at the time,a dream of some prosperityas corny as it might seem nowwas to become well sought afterand materialize in the 50'sthe story leaves out thatwealth in Alabama, at the time,depended on a system of cheaplabor, enforced by a racialapartheid like systemthough in America points oflove always break throughHelen KellerForest Gumpa southern rock group:"Wall street fell but we were so poor we couldn't tell"
Elmo,About that system, see:Jack Delano: Funeral in GeorgiaandJack Delano: Hard Times in the Mill (A Death in Georgia)
Nice to see your blog. This is one of my favorite photos by my father, Arthur Rothstein. He always said a picture is worth a thousand words. In fact, he had a book called,"Words and Pictures" check it out. Eve Roth Lindsay (nee Rothstein)
Thank you very much for your comment.Your father's wonderful FSA work has appeared here previously. The famous 1936 Cimarron Dust Bowl shot is the fourth image down from the top here:Problems of Life: WittgensteinAnd a less well known 1938 shot -- two children building a model airplane at a Texas FSA camp (colour) -- is the top image here:ShelterThe poet Aram Saroyan has reminded me that his father, William Saroyan, worked with your father on the 1967 book "Look at Us..."I found this note in New York Magazine, September 30, 1985, p. 26, quoting William Saroyan on your father's work:"His [Rothstein's] work is straight, not arty. At their best, however, his pictures are works of art."That is certainly true, and perfectly put.(In case you're inrerested, here is the New York magazine link.)
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