Photographing the Second Gold Rush: Dorothea Lange and the East Bay at War

Photographing the Second Gold Rush: Dorothea Lange and the East Bay at War

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World War II brought huge changes to the San Francisco Bay Area. While Japanese American were expelled and thousands of young men were sent overseas, the newly opened shipyards, military bases, and wartime factories offered unheard of opportunities-especially for women, minorities, and those displaced during the Dust Bowl years. Hundred of thousands of people swarmed into the area, creating an era that historian Marilynn Johnson has characterized as the "Second God Rush." Stationing herself in front of stores and markets, on street corners and at the entranceway to the shipyards, Dorothea Lange photographed these chaotic and eventful times. At the height of her creative powers, she produced a body of work that documents not merely the changing of an old world, but the birth of a new world-one that we recognize as our own. Photographing the Second Gold Rush offers sixty photographs, most of them never before published, plus an introduction by noted historian Charles Wollenberg on Dorothea Lange and the Bay Area during these formative years.As a musician and collector of folk songs, Mr. Pietroforte embarked on a mission in 1949 to collect native folk songs, only to discover very little information even existed prior to 1840. His only alternative was to visit rancherias and reservations first and and fins those interested in preserving their past to form a link in the chain that ties together the past with the present. Over a period of time he made friends with the singers, and taped tribal information they and family elders provided. The road towards accomplishing his mission was not always smooth, but with perseverance, determination, and the help of some gracious Native Americans, colleagues, and friends, he succeeded in preserving a sample of the music and culture of the Yokuts and Paiutes in the pages of this book. It was disheartening to discover that so many of the old time singers had passed away, and with them, many of the old songs. The few remembering some of their ancestral songs were already in their 70s and up to 98. Others did not remember their language to translate the words in English, or their voices had deteriorated with age. As the author lamented, clearly this attempt was a hundred years too late, but "better late than never." Nevertheless this book contains 25 of the old songs captured on tape, which were later transcribed and set to music. 

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