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New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943
Ed. Betty Rivard, fwd Carl Fleischhauer,
West Virginia Univ Press
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New Deal Photographs of West Virginia


Edited by Betty Rivard, foreword by Carl Fleischhauer, introduction by Jerry Bruce Thomas.

Lithocase hardcover, 240 pages, 158 b/w photographs. 2012.

"Upon entering the White House in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced an ailing economy in the throes of the Great Depression and rushed to transform the country through recovery programs and legislative reform. By 1934, he began to send professional photographers to the state of West Virginia to document living conditions and the effects of his New Deal programs. The photographs from the Farm Security Administration Project not only introduced “America to Americans,” exposing a continued need for government intervention, but also captured powerful images of life in rural and small town America.

"New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943 presents images of the state’s northern and southern coalfields, the subsistence homestead projects of Arthurdale, Eleanor, and Tygart Valley, and various communities from Charleston to Clarksburg and Parkersburg to Elkins. With over one hundred and fifty images by ten FSA photographers, including Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and Ben Shahn, this collection is a remarkable record of hardship, hope, endurance, and, above all, community. These photographs provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of West Virginians during the Great Depression and beyond.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

Foreword, Carl Fleischhauer

West Virginia in the Era of the Great Depression and World War II, Jerry Bruce Thomas

Chapter 1. On the Road

Chapter 2. Towns and Cities

Chapter 3. Non-Coal Industries

Chapter 4. Northern Coalfields: 1935

Chatper 5. Northern Coalfields: 1938

Chapter 6. Arthurdale

Chapter 7. Eleanor

Chapter 8. Tygart Valley Homesteads

Chapter 9. Southern Coalfields: 1935

Chapter 10. Southern Coalfields: 1938

Chapter 11. Wartime Photo-Essays: Richwood and Point Pleasant

A West Virginia Perspective, Betty Rivard



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