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Slice of Life: 1935

Slice of Life: 1935

September 1935. Washington, D.C. "Front of Negro home near Capitol. Interiors of these homes vary little. A chair or two and a table, a bed and perhaps an extra mattress on the floor cares for six to ten people." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Washngton Confidential

As late as 1951, when Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer published their book "Washington Confidential," they obviously expected readers to react with shock and outrage to the "confidential" information that there were actual *Negroes* in Washington, living right there in the city!

They also reported, with some annoyance, that one major Washington paper in its coverage of crime had the effrontery to refuse to identify "Negro" suspects by race: the paper would report, for instance, that in connection with a particular case the police had arrested "John Smith", but would not specify "John Smith, a Negro". Lait and Mortimer complained, in all seriousness, that it was easy to identify suspects by their ethnicity when the paper reported the arrest of Juan Rodriguez, or of John Schmidt, or of Giovanni Napolitano; but not identifying John Smith specifically as "a Negro" was *a slur against white people* because readers might assume John Smith was white.


a couch, and possibly a bookcase (not to mention a wooden
crate). It's still sad to realize how little some of our relatives had back then. Unfortunately, there is still too much poverty in the world to this day.


The sunflowers are growing tall. It looks like they'll be giant and beautiful in another month!

Oh how Capitol Hill has changed!

Now a two-bedroom row house goes for at least $500,000. And usually cares for two to three people.

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