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Coal miner, Desmond Hairston and family (Longacre, West Virginia) (1943) | by Penn State Special Collections Library

Coal miner, Desmond Hairston and family (Longacre, West Virginia) (1943) | by Penn State Special Collections Library

Coal miner Desmond Harriston 1943 WV

Coal miner Desmond Harriston 1943 WV

A mother hides her face in shame, c.1948, Chicago.  Forced with eviction and penniless, the parents have literally put their children up for sale. This was not a joke…What’s interesting is that the accompanying article did not pass judgement and there are no calls for whisking the children away to protective services.

A mother hides her face in shame, c.1948, Chicago. Forced with eviction and penniless, the parents have literally put their children up for sale. This was not a joke…What’s interesting is that the accompanying article did not pass judgement and there are no calls for whisking the children away to protective services.

This is man’s greatest sublimity and highest absurdity, that despite having assurance of only his self existing, he treats his neighbor as a self. I believe it a thing rarely done, perhaps once in a thousand different interactions, for it is infinitely easier — and far more comfortable — to treat others, well, as others. This is, after all, how they are presented to us. We view this object, this rock, that animal, this baby, that human person. There is a shallow pool in the heart of man that…

Selfing Others Right in the Face

This is man’s greatest sublimity and highest absurdity, that despite having assurance of only his self existing, he treats his neighbor as a self. I believe it a thing rarely done, perhaps once in a thousand different interactions, for it is infinitely easier — and far more comfortable — to treat others, well, as others. This is, after all, how they are presented to us. We view this object, this rock, that animal, this baby, that human person. There is a shallow pool in the heart of man that…

coal miners’ daughters at Scott’s Run, West Virginia  speaking of, I’m in West Virginia right now!

coal miners’ daughters at Scott’s Run, West Virginia speaking of, I’m in West Virginia right now!

Anthracite coal miners in Schuylkill County, PA near Newkirk Tunnel Mine. Photo by George Korson (1946)

Anthracite coal miners in Schuylkill County, PA near Newkirk Tunnel Mine. Photo by George Korson (1946)

Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.  Follow Us On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Us On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

Bobby Kennedy taking a lunch break at the Bluefield Drive-In in Bluefield WV while campaigning for JFK.

Bobby Kennedy taking a lunch break at the Bluefield Drive-In in Bluefield WV while campaigning for JFK.

23 Amazing Photos From The 1963 March On Washington

23 Amazing Photos From The 1963 March On Washington

22 Amazing Photos From The 1963 March On Washington - Today is the anniversary of Martin Luther Kings historic I Have A Dream speech