“Picturing Migrants”: Steinbeck and the FSA photographs

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Not many people today actually remember the Great Depression. What most of us know about it comes from John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath” and from photographs taken under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration. “They have become the interlocking icons of the Great Depression,” writes James R. Swensen in “Picturing Migrants.”Until now, Swensen claims, no one has done a major study on how the two were “stitched together.” “Picturing Migrants,” illustrated with dozens of FSA photographs, does just that.  Read more: Book review: “Picturing Migrants,” by James R. Swenson – The Denver Post

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