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If Obama Falters-American Scenes from the Great Depression

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Walker Evans collaborated with the writer James Agee on a book which may have contributed more to the making of the New Deal than any other book ever written, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."-    

There follow six photographs by Walker Evans taken in these United States, between 1931 and 1936.  It was the time of America's Great Depression, a time still within the living memory of many of our grandparents.  And a time still indelibly imprinted in the minds of many Americans by Walker Evans' black-and-white photographs.


Herbert Hoover's Visage (1931)




Wall With Posters (1936)


Barbershop Interior (1936)


Workers' Houses (1936)



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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)

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