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March 21-23, 2024

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""White Trash" and "Dirty Mexicans": The Legacy of the FSA Photographic Archive in Imagining Citizens"

Lisa Kaplan (L)

Friday, March 02 - 9:00AM to 9:45AM
Grand Ballroom Salon I

This lecture presents research of the FSA photography unit's role in reinforcing constructions of Mexicans in the US as diseased, as fecund and as not possibly citizens. The photographs had arguably violent implications for the lives of Mexicans in the US, while simultaneously facilitating support for rural, white families living in poverty. Their depiction as deserving, possessing of good mothers, and as citizens, came at the exclusion and marginalization of families read as Mexican. This research looks at the cultural stories that were reinforced and disseminated by FSA photography and the continued resonance that these stories have in the contemporary moment.


Lisa Kaplan
Lisa Kaplan

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