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Maryland in Black and White

Documentary Photography from the Great Depression and World War II

Constance B. Schulz
foreword by Frederick N. Rasmussen

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Compelling photographs of people and places throughout Maryland during one of the nation's most anxious decades.

Between 1935 and 1943, the United States government commissioned forty-four photographers to capture American faces, along with living and working conditions, across the country. Nearly 180,000 photographs were taken—4,000 in Maryland—and they are now preserved in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Constance B. Schulz presents a selection of these images in Maryland in Black and White.

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Compelling photographs of people and places throughout Maryland during one of the nation's most anxious decades.

Between 1935 and 1943, the United States government commissioned forty-four photographers to capture American faces, along with living and working conditions, across the country. Nearly 180,000 photographs were taken—4,000 in Maryland—and they are now preserved in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Constance B. Schulz presents a selection of these images in Maryland in Black and White.

Maryland in the 1930s and early ‘40s truly represented a microcosm of America, a middle ground where beach and mountain, north and south, urban and rural, black and white, farmer and businessman, rich and poor, young and old met. This period also witnessed a turning point in the state’s history. The pace and nature of change varied from region to region, but even in areas that seemed most resistant to it—the Chesapeake Bay, where oyster tongers harvested their catch using methods unchanged for centuries, or the mountains and streams of Garrett County, where the seasons timelessly repeated themselves—the momentum toward a modern economy, influenced if not dominated by urban and national concerns, had significant impact.

Within these pages, the farms and coal fields of 1930s and '40s Western Maryland, the tobacco fields of Southern Maryland, watermen in wooden boats along the Eastern Shore, and smiling couples dancing at a wartime senior prom come back to life. These photographs reveal places we know but scarcely recognize and give us another look at the people of "the greatest generation."

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When I reflect on the grimness of the Depression and World War II, I naturally think in terms of the dramatic qualities of black and white photography. Among the images Schulz includes here, even a seemingly routine photo of a Hagerstown railroad station has a certain wonderful, almost Edward Hopperesque, quality to it.

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Pages
192
ISBN
9781421410852
Illustration Description
101 b&w photos
Table of Contents

Foreword, by Frederick N. Rasmussen
Acknowledgments
The Context
The Place: Maryland, 1930–1945
The Project: Roy Stryker and the Historical Section
The Photographers: Biographical Sketches
The Photographs
Sur

Foreword, by Frederick N. Rasmussen
Acknowledgments
The Context
The Place: Maryland, 1930–1945
The Project: Roy Stryker and the Historical Section
The Photographers: Biographical Sketches
The Photographs
Surviving the Depression
Central and Western Maryland
Chesapeake Bay and Tidewater
Eastern Shore Agriculture and Industry
Southern Maryland Agriculture and the Faces of Poverty
Suburb, City, and Highway: Beginnings of the Eastern Metropolitan Corridor
Good Times in Hard Times—Recreation and Leisure
Maryland Goes to War, 1940–1943
Wartime Preparedness
Life on the Home Front
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Constance B. Schulz

Constance B. Schulz is a professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina. She is author of Michigan Remembered, 1936–1943: Photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information and coeditor of Witness to the Fifties: The Pittsburgh Photographic Library, 1950–1953.