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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The People's Voice: 1942

The People's Voice: 1942

1942. Our second example from Albert Fenn's record of "the life of Negroes in New York." Like the majority of the more than 150 photos in this collection from the OWI archive, this one has no caption. But there are clues. View full size.

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The People's Voice

From the letterhead on the sheet in the typewriter it's evident that this young woman is working for The People's Voice. Founded in 1942, it was a black-oriented newspaper focused on civil rights issues, though it also featured articles on blacks in the entertainment industry and was one of the first U.S. newspapers to report on apartheid in South Africa. Its founder was the charismatic Harlem minister and civil rights leader Adam Clayton Powell, who a couple years later began a colorful (to put it mildly) 30-year career in Congress.

Always very liberal, The People's Voice took a more radical turn in the postwar years when Communist Party leader Benjamin Davis began exerting behind-the-scenes influence over its content. This led to accusations that it was a subversive publication. Already struggling financially, The People's Voice shut down in 1948.

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