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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Homeschooled: 1939

Homeschooled: 1939

January 1939. "Negro sharecropper mother teaching children numbers and alphabet in home. Transylvania, Louisiana." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

News Paper on walls?

Why was this common? Was it to keep the mosquitoes out? Just curious.

[Insulation against drafts. - tterrace]

None Better

There's never been a more poignant picture on Shorpy. From the CARDUI calendar, the Natchez newspapers on the wall, the irons by the fireplace, it is perfect. Thanks Dave and Russell Lee

The Thirst for Knowledge

The grammar may not be quite the King's English, but this picture eloquently illustrates the thirst for knowledge, the desire to learn, and the will to make sure that happens for one's kin. In the Jim Crow South, it also pictures the ongoing daily resistance to the harsh indignities of a nation that sometimes seemed more devoted to the practice of denying the rights of various groups of its citizens, rather than ensuring everyone enjoys them.

This is exactly the sort of image that makes Shorpy such a great resource for educators trying to open difficult conversations about our past.

At least she's trying

Under the circumstances she seems to be doing the best she can with the available resources. Hopefully, those children were able to go to school at some point. I don't fault anything in this photo.

Beautiful

That mother wants a better life for her children and she knows exactly how they'll obtain it.

 
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