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Category: Close Reading

Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad dazzles as part of the Virginia Festival of the book. Combining her passion for photography with an insatiable desire to recreate and share life as a fugitive slave, author Jeanine Michna Bales creates a masterpiece. The decade of research supporting her book is evidenced through…

Jacob Riis Photographs

These photos, from a slideshow entitled How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York (1890) depict extreme poverty among Americans. Cramped quarters, dilapidated buildings, and filthy sheds that double as homes illustrate tremendous difficulties during an economic crisis. It is impossible to forget the faces of the…