Michigan Remembered: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information 1936-1943 (Great Lakes Books)

Michigan Remembered: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information 1936-1943 (Great Lakes Books)

By: Constance B. Schulz (editor), William H. Mulligan Jr (contributor), Constance B. Schulz (Professor of History and Co-Director of Public History Programme, University of South Carolina, USA) (contributor)Hardback

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A photographic history of Michigan during the Great Depression and World War II. In the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress are more than 1500 photographs of the state of Michigan during the depression and wartime years of the 1930s and 1940s, taken by some of the most talented photographers of that generation. The FSA photographs have become the nation's visual memory of these trying times. Michigan Remembered contains 150 of these images, chosen to represent various geographic areas of Michigan, the economic diversity of the state and its people, and a broad range of subjects ranging from urban and industrial scenes of Detroit and the surrounding areas to images of the Upper Peninsula and rural and community life in the Lower Peninsula. The two introductory essays enhance the story told by the photographs. The first, by William H. Mulligan Jr., recounts the history of Michigan during the momentous events of the depression and war-time years. The second, by Constance B. Schulz, tells the lesser known story of the origins of the FSA in the agricultural program of the New Deal, and explains the importance of Roy E. Stryker as the agency's director and the process by which more than 200,000 photographs were accumulated in the FSA/OWI files. Brief biographical sketches of the photographers include descriptions of their travels and work in Michigan. Michigan Remembered joins more than a dozen other state studies of the FSA/OWI photographs and provides a unique visual perspective on a key midwestern state during the mid-twentieth century. It will be of interest both to scholars of historical documentary photography and Michigan history, and to those fascinated by historical photographs of years which they, their parents, or their grandparents can still recall.

About Author

Constance B. Schulz is a professor of history and co-director of the Public History Program at the University of South Carolina. William H. Mulligan Jr. is an associate professor of history and director of the Forrest C. Pogue Public History Institute at Murray State University.


Michigan in the Great Depression. The Dream Lost, The Dream Reclaimed (William H, Mulligan Jr.) Roy Stryker, The Farm Security Administration, and the Office of War Information (Constarice B. Schulz) I. The Upper Peninsula, 1937 and 1941; II. Rural Lower Michigan, 1936-42; III. Industrial Michigan, 1939-41; IV. The Industrial Southeast Prepare for War 1941-42; V. The Industrial Southeast at War. Wartime Industry, 1941-43; VI. Life on the Michigan Home Front, 1941-43

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780814328200
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 235
  • ID: 9780814328200
  • ISBN10: 0814328202

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