Documenting the Face of America
Directed by Jeanine Isabel Butler, Color, 60 minutes, DVD
Butler presents an incisive and visually powerful look at the Farm Security Administration, which tracked a changing America and its people during the Depression and war years. FSA’s head, Roy Stryker, fought endless battles to maintain the organization’s integrity—and then, despite a conservative Congress, its treasured archives, which include photos by the likes of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks and Ben Shahn.
Originally published in the December 2008 issue of American History. To subscribe, click here.