Saturday, December 20, 2014

WPA Poster: Children's Festival

Above: The description for this WPA poster reads, "Poster for New York City WPA Art Project sponsored children's festival at the Community Square, Queensbridge Housing Project, 41st Avenue, Long Island City, showing two children playing in a housing project park." This poster was created by WPA artist Harry Herzog in 1940 and is from a time period when the U.S. government was very concerned about the well-being of children. Today, our federal government is less concerned about the well-being of children and more concerned about creating laws & policies that benefit their super-wealthy campaign donors--like the Koch brothers. To pour salt into the wound, many of these super-wealthy campaign donors are also disinterested in the well-being of the nation's children. This combined neglect & indifference is the key reason why we now have the highest number of homeless children in our nation's history, and why "Child poverty in the U.S. is among the worst in the developed world" (Washington Post, October 29, 2014). Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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