Farm Security Administration Photography, the Rural South, and the Dynamics of Image-making 1935-1943 (Studies in American History No. 52 Illustrated

Farm Security Administration Photography, the Rural South, and the Dynamics of Image-making 1935-1943 (Studies in American History No. 52 Illustrated

By: Stuart Stanley Kidd (author)Hardback

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This study explores the FSA photographic project's engagement with the South from 1935-1943. In particular it describes Roy Stryker's Historical Section as an arm of the liberal state and as an adjunct of the mass communications industry. It charts the project's coverage of southern tenant farmers, African Americans, small towns and mechanized farms, from the schedules devised in Washington headquarters, through the photographers' work in the field, to the use of FSA images by the national media. The images are explained in terms of an interaction between the administrative dynamics of New Deal politics and the practices and preconceptions of the photographers. Underlying, and often reinforcing, this tension was a dissonance expressed by many southern subjects toward the agency's ideals or the photographers themselves. The book contains 40 images drawn from the RA/FSA/OWI files, many of which have not featured in previous studies.

About Author

Stuart Kidd is an American historian at the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He has been Director of the American Studies programme, and is Warden of Bulmershe Hall. Co-editor of The Roosevelt Years, he received his PhD from the University of Keele.

Contents

Foreword; 1. Introduction: The South Faces the Shutter; 2. The Historical Section as Administrative Vision: Roy Stryker and the South; 3. The Bureaucracy of Landscape: Directives, Spectacles and the Southern Terrain; 4. Damned and Delivered: The Reinvention of the Southern Mountain Poor; 5. The Southern Tenant Farmer as the Problem, the People, and a Plaintiff; 6. Imaging and Imagining African Americans: The Politics of Cultural Representation; 7. The Machine in the Garden: Technology and its Consequences; 8. The South, Being and Becoming: Sentiment, Sociology, and the Small Town; 9. And the War Came; Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773465107
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 316
  • ID: 9780773465107
  • ISBN10: 0773465103
  • edition: Illustrated edition

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