The history of what it has meant to be black and female in the United States is not easily summed up—a point that the upcoming Smithsonian photo book African American Women makes plain.
As Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, points out in an introductory essay, the images in the book "[illuminate] a narrative that reflects large and small moments in U. Famous faces like Lena Horne are presented alongside those whose personal stories are far less well known.
Leona Dean, for example, lived a relatively prosperous life in the Midwest in the early 20th century—a place and time that has been largely eclipsed in the national memory. By Michele Anderson. The garment workers at the company had been attempting to unionize to gain better wages and improved working conditions.
The factory's management responded by locking the workers into the building. Fabric scraps, oil and hot machines crammed into rooms on the upper floors of the ten-story building quickly unleashed an inferno within the building.
With the exits blocked, girls attempted to use the rusted fire escape or jump from windows into the fire department's dry-rotted nets, only to plunge onto the pavement in front of bystanders below. The tragedy was exasperated by the failure of the U.