This is the second installment of our celebration of an American history not so far removed as some of us may like to believe. These beautiful photographs bring to life the joy and pain, the happiness and sorrow of people who helped to shape this country into what it is today.

These color photographs gives us a fascinating glimpse of a large cross-section of working-class Americans leading up to and through the beginning of World War II from 1939-1943.

If you’d like to take a look at the first gallery of photos we published you can take a look at them here.

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All images courtesy of the Library of Congress

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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