In celebration of American Archives Month, the National Archives is teaming up with the The Academy of American Poets. Throughout the month we’ll be publishing original poems inspired by the holdings of the National Archives. To view the poets performing their original works, visit the National Archives YouTube Channel.
Today’s poem, “Catawba Cotton Mill” by David Wojahn, was inspired by a Lewis Hine photograph of child workers in North Carolina. From 1908 to 1912, Hine took approximately 5,000 photographs of children’s working and living conditions for the National Child Labor Committee. Hine photographed children engaged in a variety of industries across the United States.
For the rest of the story, including David Wojahn’s poem and video, go to today’s Pieces of History blog: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/?p=14162.
Image: “Some of the doffers and the Supt. Ten small boys and girls about this size out of a force of 40 employees.” Catawba Cotton Mill. Newton, N.C., 12/21/1908, (National Archives Identifier 523141) http://research.archives.gov/description/523141
#Yosemite150! The first legislation to protect California’s Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite Land Grant, was signed on June 30, 1864 by Abraham Lincoln. Galen Clark - an early champion of Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoias of Mariposa Grove - was instrumental in creating the legislation and later served as one of the park’s first guardians. (He is just barely visible at the base of this massive Sequoia tree)
From the series: Bellinger Collection of Photographs Taken by Timothy O’Sullivan, William Bell, William H. Jackson and Carleton Watkins, ca. 1866 - ca. 1880. Records of the National Park Service, 1785 - 2006
Photography has very little to do with mastering all the knobs and dials on your DSLR and everything to do with learning to look, really look, and get beyond the endless collections of different objects and people.
"I’m trying to get cash flow positive."
MCALLEN, TEXAS - A group of women and two unaccompanied children are detained on a levee. Exhausted and hungry, the group appeared relieved to be found. It turned out they had traveled from Guatemala and Honduras together.