When the 13th amendment to the U.S. constitution became law in 1865, slavery in America was officially abolished. However, its presence in the nation was far from over. And these portraits of men and women bear testament to that fact.
More than 500 such portraits were taken in the 1930s during the Great Depression under the auspices of the Federal Writers Project, a New Deal program designed to keep writers at work. The photos are of African Americans who had been slaves in the South, some as very young children.
My husband’s uncle died shortly before Christmas this year, so along with the candle-lit tree and cozy family dinner, we said goodbye to a dear relation and friend. Uncle Tom was a one-of-a-kind person who was enviably true to his beliefs. An activist, war-tax resister, and small town dentist, he did no small share of pro bono work in his rural Berkshires hometown. So we weren't entirely surprised to learn Uncle Tom's send off
In the past eight years, I moved from a 2700-square-foot condo to a 900-square-foot home with a full basement to a 900-square-foot home with no basement to an 825-square-foot apartment.So I know a little something about shedding possessions to fit into a smaller space. These days I live in my mother’s house. She died three years ago, after a full life that lasted nearly 102 years. And now I’m cleaning out her abundant thin
Five years ago, author Marcia Kester Doyle, 59, decided an unusual hair choice might help her stand out at a writer’s conference she was preparing to attend. No stranger to color, Doyle had been dyeing her hair blonde since her teens and had recently added black to the underside. For the conference, she asked her stylist to include bright red, giving her hair a three-tiered appearance: blonde on top, candy apple in the middle, and bla