You Have Seen Their Faces by Erskine CaldwellYou Have Seen Their Faces by Erskine Caldwell

You Have Seen Their Faces

byErskine CaldwellPhotographed byMargaret Bourke-whiteForeword byAlan Trachtenberg

Paperback | February 1, 1995

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In the middle years of the Great Depression, Erskine Caldwell and photographer Margaret Bourke-White spent eighteen months traveling across the back roads of the Deep South-from South Carolina to Arkansas-to document the living conditions of the sharecropper. Their collaboration resulted in You Have Seen Their Faces, a graphic portrayal of America's desperately poor rural underclass. First published in 1937, it is a classic comparable to Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives, and James Agee and Walker Evans's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which it preceded by more than three years.

Caldwell lets the poor speak for themselves. Supported by his commentary, they tell how the tenant system exploited whites and blacks alike and fostered animosity between them. Bourke-White, who sometimes waited hours for the right moment, captures her subjects in the shacks where they lived, the depleted fields where they plowed, and the churches where they worshipped.

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 Americ...
Title:You Have Seen Their FacesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 10.8 × 8.2 × 0.4 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:University of Georgia Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:082031692X

ISBN - 13:9780820316925

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Editorial Reviews

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