Tenants of the Almighty. [New Deal Photography]
The almost 80 plates from original photographs document rural Georgia during the New Deal South. The photographs were taken by Jack Delano as part of his tenure with the Farm Security Administration Photography program (FSA). Tenants has been described as one of the first significant showcases of his work.
Raper was a sociologist who spent two years in Greene County, Georgia documenting the lives of tenant-farm families. While Raper “chronicles how the new Deal denied blacks equal treatment, in every chapter Raper notes their (as well as poor whites’) massively improved conditions due to the county planning program” which improved diet, healthcare, better schools and so forth. [Gilbert, “Democratizing States and the Use of History” (2009)] Pasted in; a typed presentation slip which is autographed by the historian Dr. T.B. Rice. His portrait appears as the book’s frontispiece.
Description: Tenants of the Almighty. [New Deal Photography]
The Macmillan Co., New York, 1943. Plates: 1–79; 403 pages. First Edition. Publisher’s cloth without dust jacket. Binding with spotting; a portion of pages with light bumping to the upper right corner of each. Internally, a tight and clean copy.