“Our Strength is Our People” The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine

“Our Strength is Our People” The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine

When:
February 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2017-02-17T11:00:00-05:00
2017-02-17T16:00:00-05:00
Where:
Bruyette Atheneum at the University of St. Joseph
1678 Asylum Ave
West Hartford, CT 06117
USA

Lewis Wickes Hine, a sociologist and pioneer in the field of documentary photography, aimed to portray a progressive and empathetic view of immigrants in America, contradicting views of them as criminals, carriers of disease, and contaminants of America’s Anglo-Saxon identity. In his funding proposal to the Guggenheim Foundation for the project he titled “Our Strength is Our People,” Hines states, “This project should give us light on the kinds of strength we have to build upon as a nation. Much emphasis is being put upon the dangers inherent in our alien groups, our unassimilated or even partly Americanized citizens – criticism based upon insufficient knowledge. A corrective for this would be better facilities for seeing, and so understanding, what the facts are.”

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