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Humor

Music For Hard Times

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 […]

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Dorthea Lange

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.

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History

Badass Ladies of History: Beverly Cleary

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.