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After nearly fading into obscurity, Route 66 celebrates 90th birthday

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In several respects, the automobile was one of the most significant inventions of the twentieth century, but often overlooked and equally significant is the development of the roads those automobiles traveled upon. Route 66 was not the first cross-country road nor is it the oldest road, but the highway has lodged itself into the imagination of travelers and became one …

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Dorothea Lange’s Granddaughter Continues Her Legacy

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Dorothea Lange is best known for her portraiture photography documenting America’s Great Depression. Her image “Migrant Mother” depicts a destitute woman with three children in California. It is one of the most recognized photographic portrayals of that era. When Lange passed away in 1965, her granddaughter, Dyanna Taylor, inherited one of her cameras and began to follow in her footsteps. …

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LIFE Magazine Launched 80 Years Ago with Margaret Bourke-White photos

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The story that made the cover of the very first issue of LIFE Magazine—published on Nov. 23, 1936—was, the magazine’s editors admitted, perhaps surprising. The photo of Fort Peck Dam in Montana, by Margaret Bourke-White, was a stark and graphic image, accompanying a more human story about the people whose lives were changed by the New Deal project. It was …

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Finding solace in Steinbeck during the time of Trump

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In a jittery, newly authoritarian land of hatred and hurt, chastened criminal and social justice reformers and human rights advocates can find solace and sustenance in the words and works of the incomparable John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers and psychoanalysts.  In his opus and Pulitzer Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath, spotlighting exploitative and inhumane labor practices and living …

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Homelessness in the U.S. Was Down Slightly Over The Past Year

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Homelessness in the U.S. declined over the past year. Even so, there were large increases in several cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle.  Overall, almost 550,000 individuals were homeless on a single night earlier this year, according to a new report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s a 3 percent decline from 2015, and continues a downward …

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Activists push colleges to make their campuses sanctuary sites for the undocumented

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A movement has begun on college campuses across the nation to shield undocumented students, staff and their family members from deportation. Efforts have emerged at many schools to limit the ability of local law enforcement and campus police to cooperate with federal Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers.   The idea builds on a policy many large urban areas have adopted that …

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Cities are enacting policies to criminalize homelessness

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A new report says cities nationwide are enacting more policies that criminalize homelessness. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty said Tuesday many cities have banned living in vehicles, camping in public areas and panhandling. The center says policies that criminalize homelessness harm communities because they create barriers to employment, housing and education. Honolulu is among a handful of …

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Walker Evans: Depth of Field exhibit will make you want to shoot film again

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Walker Evans may be best known for his work created for the Farm Security Administration program, but the latest exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery proves that the man’s career covered much more ground than post-depression America. The exhibit, appropriately titled Depth of Field, showcases more than 200 photographs from Evans’ 50-year career, beginning in the 1920s and ending just before his …

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Is Hillary Clinton The New FDR?

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Huffington Post: Even President Obama, among others, has said Hillary Clinton is one of the most qualified presidential candidates ever. And she has been advocating a new New Deal for America, including tuition-free public universities and colleges, paid maternity leave, child care, expanded social security and Medicare benefits, as well as more public investment at a time when the private …

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Iconic photos by Bourke-White and Lange up for auction

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Swann Auction Galleries in New York City is auctioning two iconic Depression photographs this week: Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), ‘At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky,’ on mount verso. 1936; printed circa 1970, silver print. Estimate: US$ 40,000 – US$60,000 Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), ‘White Angel Breadline,’ on mount verso. 1933; printed 1960s, silver print. Estimate: US$ 30,000 – US$ 45,000 …