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You Have Seen Their Faces (Brown Thrasher Books) Paperback – 30 Nov 1994
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"I don't know that I've ever seen better photography. . . . Mr. Caldwell has done some of his finest writing for this book."--"New York Times"
""You Have Seen Their Faces" contains some of the best work of both writer and photographer."--"Current History"
"You Have Seen Their Faces" contains some of the best work of both writer and photographer.--"Current History"
I don't know that I've ever seen better photography. . . . Mr. Caldwell has done some of his finest writing for this book.--"New York Times"
About the Author
Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987) was born in Newnan, Georgia. He became one of America's most widely read, prolific, and critically debated writers, with a literary output of more than sixty titles. At the time of his death, Caldwell's books had sold eighty million copies worldwide in more than forty languages. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1984. Margaret Bourke-White (1906-1971) was among the world's most celebrated photojournalists. One of the original staff photographers at "Fortune" and "Life" magazines, she is best known for her portraits of world leaders as well as such series as those on the Depression-era rural South, World War II, India, South Africa, and the Korean conflict.
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The writer is Erskine Caldwell, author of the very poignant and witty `Tobacco Road' & `God's Little Acre' - from the same period and landscape.
His overview, just 50 pages or so, of the sharecropper's lot, is excellent and it is clear he understood their plight and the politics of the National and Federal authorities, as well as the local landowners - all too well.
This was yet another terrible miscarriage of justice against the `Blacks' & poorer whites in the Deep South and America in general. Caldwell as usual is very forthright in his analysis & views on the subject!
The book is complemented by the photos of Margaret Bourke- White - a prominent photographer of that time and latterly Mrs Caldwell. The snaps capture wonderfully the poverty, hardship, strain and the effect of the sheer graft on the faces of the croppers and their folk, as they struggle to get by on a pittance in what was a gruelling lifestyle.
Some of the captions for the photos are so funny, but of course tragic as well - typical Caldwell! One forlorn older white guy looks into the camera, with the caption, "I used to be a peddler, until peddling petered out!"
One very `weathered - faced' mother looks into the camera and says, "Snuff is a great help when your teeth are aching!"
The book is far from good quality, in fact , by today's standards it's very poor, and the photos look no better than photocopies! This is a shame but the hard back versions are no longer available and stupid prices if they are! Whilst I feel even this paperback version is vastly over-priced at nearly £20, and is no better than a school mag' , I still thoroughly enjoyed it and it only takes a couple of hours to browse through - Anyway, someone has to stand up for the poor sharecroppers!
The book ends with Caldwell's possible solutions to help the croppers, However , this is before farming became mechanized and their labour just wasn't required in the South anymore! Most Blacks then emigrated to the North of America for jobs in factories. They certainly couldn't have been any worse off!
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