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Picturing a Nation: The Great Depression’s Finest Photographers Introduce America to Itself

By Martin W. Sandler

A National Book Award winner mines photographic gold to show—and tell—the story of the Great Depression.

In an exquisitely curated volume of 140 full-color and black-and-white photographs, Martin W. Sandler unpacks the United States Farm Security Administration’s sweeping visual record of the Great Depression. In 1935, with the nation bent under unprecedented unemployment and economic hardship, the FSA sent ten photographers, including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks, on the road trip of a lifetime. The images they logged revealed the daily lives of Southern sharecroppers, Dust Bowl farmers in the Midwest, Western migrant workers, and families scraping by in Northeast cities. Using their cameras as weapons against poverty and racism—and in service of hope, courage, and human dignity—these talented photographers created not only a collective work of art, but a national treasure. Grouped into four geographical regions and locked in focus by rich historical commentary, these images—many now iconic—are history at its most powerful and immediate. Extensive back matter includes photographer profiles and a bibliography.

  • Martin W. Sandler won the 2019 National Book Award for his book 1919: The Year that Changed America
  • The striking design shows off the historic and iconic Depression era photographs to full advantage
  • Features pictures from some of our country's most famous photographers—Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, and Marion Post Wolcott

About the author

Martin W. Sandler has written more than seventy books for children and adults, including the National Book Award–winning 1919: The Year That Changed America, The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found, Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything, and The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure. He lives in Massachusetts.

ISBN: 9781536215250
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 6, 2021
Dimensions: 229 x 250mm, 176pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $44.99
New Zealand RRP: $46.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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