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California on the Breadlines : Dorothea Lange, Paul Taylor, and the Making of a New Deal Narrative

By: Goggans, Jan.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (363 p.).ISBN: 9780520945890.Subject(s): Depressions - 1929 - United States | Lange, Dorothea | Rural poor - United States - History | Social scientists - United States | Taylor, Paul Schuster | Women photographers - United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: California on the Breadlines : Dorothea Lange, Paul Taylor, and the Making of a New Deal NarrativeDDC classification: 770.92/2 LOC classification: TR140.L3G645 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Prologue: Uncommon Ground; 1. From Belleau Wood to Berkeley; 2. The Magnet of the West; 3. Labor on the Land; 4. Far West Factories; 5. A New Social Order; 6. Women on the Breadlines; 7. An American Exodus; Conclusion: Can the Subaltern Speak?; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Summary: California on the Breadlines is the compelling account of how Dorothea Lange, the Great Depression's most famous photographer, and Paul Taylor, her labor economist husband, forged a relationship that was private-they both divorced spouses to be together-collaborative, and richly productive. Lange and Taylor poured their considerable energies into the decade-long project of documenting the plight of California's dispossessed, which in 1939 culminated in the publication of their landmark book, American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. Jan Goggans blends biography, literature, and history to retrace the paths that brought Lange and Taylor together. She shows how American Exodus set forth a new way of understanding those in crisis during the economic disaster in California and ultimately informed the way we think about the Great Depression itself.
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Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Prologue: Uncommon Ground; 1. From Belleau Wood to Berkeley; 2. The Magnet of the West; 3. Labor on the Land; 4. Far West Factories; 5. A New Social Order; 6. Women on the Breadlines; 7. An American Exodus; Conclusion: Can the Subaltern Speak?; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y

California on the Breadlines is the compelling account of how Dorothea Lange, the Great Depression's most famous photographer, and Paul Taylor, her labor economist husband, forged a relationship that was private-they both divorced spouses to be together-collaborative, and richly productive. Lange and Taylor poured their considerable energies into the decade-long project of documenting the plight of California's dispossessed, which in 1939 culminated in the publication of their landmark book, American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion. Jan Goggans blends biography, literature, and history to retrace the paths that brought Lange and Taylor together. She shows how American Exodus set forth a new way of understanding those in crisis during the economic disaster in California and ultimately informed the way we think about the Great Depression itself.

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Goggans (Univ. of California, Merced) analyzes the personal story and professional collaboration of Depression photographer Lange and her labor-economist husband Taylor, which culminated in An American Exodus (1939) and shaped Americans' attitudes toward the disadvantaged. Exodus recounted the trek to California of 1930s migrants who fled the farming failures of the Dust Bowl but arrived decades too late to homestead. Goggans' meticulous, well-illustrated, and primarily text-based study often reads as literature. The photographs' striking immediacy means that even a sampling conveys the migrants' plight. Goggans points out that the collaboration and compromise between two very different personalities, who nonetheless were compatible politically and ideologically, led to publications that engendered empathy, shock, and movement to action in keeping with the American protest tradition. Time and events overtook their proposals for cooperatives and permanent, small-scale agrarian settlements, and their arguments against the misuse of mechanization. The book grows increasingly analytical towards the end as it presents a sophisticated discussion of gender and the position of marginalized groups within the American social fabric. That portion will appeal more to scholars than to general readers. This book will interest scholars/students of California cultural studies, and more generally, photography, women's studies, and 20th-century American history. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. F. J. Augustyn Jr. Library of Congress

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