Let us now praise a famous man


Recognize his face? Most of us don’t know his name. 

Even 77 years on, the picture retains its immediacy. We feel as if we know him, although he usually isn’t given a name: In photography collections, on museum walls or online, the caption too often reads, “Tenant Farmer.” So let’s remember who he is, and not forget the life he — and so many others — led during the Great Depression.

He’s Floyd Burroughs, and he’s a family man from Alabama. Continue reading