Government photographers roamed Arkansas in the 1930s, documenting the struggles of farmers who had lost their land in the Great Depression. The Roosevelt Administration intended to use the photos to gain public support for proposed farm relief programs. Journalism professor Patsy Watkins has gathered some of these astonishing images and shared them in her new book. The images provide insights into the state’s history during a national economic crisis and testify to the strength and endurance of these Arkansans. Please join Watkins who will focus on a selection of these photos, the stories they tell, why they were taken, and the photographers who took them at Books in Bloom, May 19.
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