Bread Line during the Louisville flood, Kentucky 1937
from: Masters of Photography
- Why does a nation need to promote itself so strongly to its own citizens?
- Why wouldn't Americans of the day not understand how this plays out internationally?
- Who coined the term "American Way" and what does it really mean? (apart from being not-communism, not-facism)
- How do these people feel queuing up for food after a natural disaster, after enduring most of the Great Depression to be standing under a poster which, to them, portrays a foreign world?
The photo looks too much like a set-up but from all accounts it is the real deal. I can't say I have answers, only questions.
Perhaps as an Australian (that's me) I was raised from the cradle to scorn people who are 'full of themselves' - as such I simply can't understand this. I am not saying it's wrong; just that in my eyes I just seems odd (specifically the advertising billboard). And of course all nations are made from myths - some develop deep within societies and some are shoved down your throat on a billboard. A current myth in Australia is our 'miracle economy' - the economy where the evils of inflation and stagnation have been as effectively eliminated as polio was for the west during the 20th century. It truly is a myth as time will surely tell.