When Shirley Temple Black passed away last week, it reminded us how important entertainment had been to American during the Depression. It’s easy to mock statements about that impact — “Gosh, I have no job, no food, and I’m about to get evicted from my tenement, but I don’t care as long as I can watch […]
Dorthea Lange, documentary photographer, lady, and badass, got her start the same way many great photographers of her generation did, as a staff member of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information. From 1935-1939, she traveled with her husband–or rather he traveled with her— interviewing and photographing the rural poor and sharecroppers of the South.
As a kid, I was an avid reader and Beverly Cleary’s books ranked among my very favorites–still, when my mother gave me A Girl from Yamhill, Cleary’s memoir of growing up during the Great Depression, I wrinkled my nose at it. It wasn’t even fiction! That meant it was going to be boring.