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Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps

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Dorothea Lange—well-known for her FSA photographs like Migrant Mother—was hired by the U.S. government to make a photographic record of the “evacuation” and “relocation” of Japanese-Americans in 1942. She was eager to take the commission, despite being opposed to the effort, as she believed “a true record of the evacuation would be valuable in the future.” The military commanders that reviewed her work …

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Inequality Is Killing The American Dream

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Decades of rising income inequality and slowing economic growth have eroded a pillar of the American dream: the hope that each generation will do better than the one that came before, according to new research released Thursday. If the findings hold up, they have profound economic, social and even political implications. The decline in what economists call “mobility” — how …

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Take a peek at Elton John’s impressive photography collection

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Elton John might be better known across the globe for his catchy tunes, yet he is starting to gather a reputation for this passion for art and his impressive photography collection.The singer’s home in Atlanta currently houses more than 8,000 images taken between 1920 and 1950 with about 70 photographers featured. Among the collection there are works by Berenice Abbott, …

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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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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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The American Dream: Minimum wage workers still buy it. The wealthy are skeptical

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CNNMoney traveled to three key battleground states in September — Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We spoke to over 80 voters across a wide spectrum and asked them all if they had lived the American Dream. Nearly everyone said yes.It was an unexpected outflow of optimism in a year when 71% of voters say the economy is rigged, according to a …

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How Nathanael West’s Classic Satire ‘A Cool Million’ Warned of a Donald Trump Presidency

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As the Civil War was ending, a Massachusetts author by the name of Horatio Alger was making a name for himself with a series of books about young boys who by the will of their efforts and work ethic were able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps into the middle class. Ragged Dick, the most popular of these tales, …

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We Were All Outsiders In Trump’s America Once: The Election and The Grapes of Wrath

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And the men of the towns and of the soft suburban country gathered to defend themselves; and they reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad, as a man must do before he fights.” — John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath … The voters who helped propel Trump to primary wins across the South seem to have forgotten: …

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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 …