FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “Arkansas Hoosier” (1938)

An “Arkansas Hoosier” born in 1855. Conway, Arkansas. “My father was a Confederate soldier. He give his age a year older than it was to get into the army. After the war he bought 280 acres from the railroad and cleared it. We never had a mortgage on it. In 1920 the land was sold, […]

ACME NEWSPICTURES: “Al Capone & Family” (1930’s)

AL CAPONE’S BROTHER. UPI Telephoto, 1938, with stamp for Acme Newspictures. Black and white photograph shows Ralph Capone, hiding his face, as he and Mrs. Capone led “lensmen” on a “wild 100-mile chase” after visiting the stricken gangster in Alcatraz. CAPONE ENTERING COURTROOM. AL CAPONE’S WIFE. An Acme Newspictures photograph from 1938. The caption of […]

Duluth Lynching (1930)

A pivotal moment in Minnesota race relations On the evening of June 15, 1920, Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, and Elias Clayton–three young African American men who had been accused of raping a white woman–were pulled from their jail cells in Duluth, Minnesota, and lynched by a mob of thousands of people. The United States was […]

INDIANA COLLECTION: “Lawrence Beitler Lynching” (1930)

Lawrence Beitler took this iconic photograph on August 7, 1930 in Marion, Indiana. It showed the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, two young black men from the John Robinson show circus accused by a teenager of raping his white girlfriend (This accusation was subsequently found to be a lie). A mob of 10,000 […]

JEAN THOMAS COLLECTION: “Racoon Hollow” (1930’s)

The boy is probably Lora Thacker of Raccoon Hollow [Harlan County], Kentucky, who had been unable to stand upright until he was taken by Dr. Arthur Shade Jones, eastern head of the Kentucky Crippled Children Commission, to Stephenson orthopedic hospital in Ashland, Kentucky. Jean Thomas took an interest in him, and in Dr. Jones’ work, […]

TA.TV: Banned Cartoons – “Little Black Sambo” (1932)

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children’s book written and illustrated by Helen Bannerman, and first published by Grant Richards in October 1899 as one in a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children. Sambo is a South Indian boy who encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new […]

FSA COLLECTION: Walker Evans – “Negro Flood Refugees” (1937)

Negro flood refugee in the Red Cross temporary infirmary of Forrest City, Arkansas. Negro flood refugees in the Red Cross temporary infirmary at Forrest City, Arkansas. Negroes in the lineup for food at mealtime in the camp for flood refugees, Forrest City, Arkansas. Negro girl in the temporary infirmary. Forrest City, Arkansas.

FSA COLLECTION: Dorothea Lange – “From Abilene, Texas” (1936)

Drought refugees from Abilene, Texas, following the crops of California as migratory workers. “The finest people in this world live in Texas but I just can’t seem to accomplish nothin’ there. Two year drought, then a crop, then two years drought and so on. I got two brothers still trying to make it back there […]