Mountain Music: Appalachian Folk In West Virginia
The musical fusion of Appalachian folk music in West Virginia can be traced back to a rich oral and storytelling tradition.
Below the poverty line: slum Britain in the 1960s – in pictures
Photographer Nick Hedges travelled from Birmingham slums to Glasgow tenements in the 1960s and 70s to document poverty-stricken Britain. He found families who slept with the lights blazing to keep the rats away, children sleeping on wet floors and mothers cooking over an open fire
The War on Poverty in the Pages of LIFE: Appalachia Portraits, 1964
Fifty years after LBJ declared a War on Poverty in America, LIFE presents a series of photos by John Dominis from eastern Kentucky in 1964.
Children on Tenement Stairs - Community Service Society Photographs
An online presentation of photographs and illustrations from the Community Service Society at Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America
The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United States
“We Are Literally Slaves”: An Early Twentieth-Century Black Nanny Sets the Record Straight
“We Are Literally Slaves”: An Early Twentieth-Century Black Nanny Sets the Record Straight In folklore the black nursemaid was seen as a dutiful, self-sacrificing black woman who loved her white family and its children every bit as much as her own. Yet the popular images of the loyal, contented black nursemaid, or “mammy,” were unfortunately far from the reality for the African-American women who worked in these homes. In 1912 the Independent printed this quasi-autobiographical account of…
WWI U.S. Sailor and Wife during 1918 Flu Pandemic
In this amusing snapshot of a sailor and his wife standing on the steps of a Victorian house, we see that the latest fashion of the day in 1918 was a white surgical mask, and with good reason! I'm guessing that the picture was taken either in California or Florida, as there are palms visible on the left of the photograph. A bicycle is leaning against the piller of the front porch, and a small plant holder crafted of twigs and holding a slip of a Boston fern is hanging to the right of a…