CURRENT ISSUE - September 2013
"Beautiful New Homes: The Development of Middle-Class Housing in the Industrial Suburb of East Chicago, Indiana"
By Tamsen Anderson
Through detailed study of local records, Anderson follows the segregation of housing in East Chicago, Indiana, through the early decades of the city's growth. White-collar executives of the steel mills and other manufacturing plants, along with a few of the highest ranking skilled workers in those plants, concertedly created middle-class neighborhoods, complete with spacious homes, tree-lined streets, churches, and libraries, that set their families apart from the vast majority of working-class citizens. Anderson follows the growth of these middle-class neighborhoods, as they moved further and further out from the manufacturing at the core of the city.
"The Irish Wars: Laborer Feuds on Indiana's Canals and Railroad in the 1830s"
By Jay M. Perry
Most of the early construction on Indiana's proposed network of canals was undertaken by young male Irish immigrant laborers. Many construction sites saw periodic violence break out amongst the workers, and historians have traditionally attributed these episodes either to Catholic/Protestant tensions among the Irish workers or to the stereotype of brawling, drunken Irishmen. Instead, as Jay Perry discovered when looking at a number of incidents across states engaged in canal and railroad building, Irish laborer feuds were a form of expressing labor grievances-attempts by men from the same region of Ireland to help their fellows compete for much-needed jobs.
"New Deal Photographs of the Hoosier State: Farm Tenancy, the Great Depression, and the Young Girl who Lived Through it All"
By Alissa Wetzel
In 1937, Resettlement Administration photographer Russell Lee spent a day with the family of Tip Estes, shooting photographs to be used for an exhibition on tenant farmers and their lives. Six-year-old Sue Estes, one of the family's eight children, was present on that day and appears in several of the photographs. Author Alissa Wetzel publishes the result of her interview with Estes about the girl's early life and her adult recollections of what was and what was not captured by the camera.
Courtesy, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF34-010549-E DLC