The Pictures: Lewis Hine (1874-1940)
For each of the last several issues we have been publishing a picture. The photographer was one of the founders of modern documentary photography, a man named Lewis Hine. Hine’s pictures of children, forced to work in miserable conditions for little money, were instrumental in creating our child labor laws. The photographs we use here are from the large collection of his work held by the Library of Congress.
For a good appreciation of Hine and the importance of his work see the wonderful book edited by Peter Dreier The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Dreier includes Hine as one of those great Americans.
Myths of Israel’s Founding: Andy Winnick
Andy Winnick has written a major piece on the myths of Israel’s founding. Those myths are so important in channeling ideas about the current impasse between Israel and the Palestinians in the direction of support of Israel, yet they are rarely examined in this country.
We are pleased to publish here Winnick’s work before its publication elsewhere.
In This Issue
Once again, quite different topics are addressed in the essays published this month. I do want to remind readers that the authors are not professional public writers about politics: they are intelligent political amateurs. I intend that remark to be an encouragement to the audience that they too probably have something worth saying if only they would make the effort. Try your local paper – it is no doubt starved for interesting progressive letters.