A Survey in Pictures

    The Living in Savannah scrap book project was designed to increase awareness of the urban poverty in Savannah during 1940 and 1941.  One class focused on the homes of Savannah, while the other chose to personalize the plight of the poverty-stricken by including pictures of people, predominantly children, in their scrap book.  The class project was an assignment by Dean J. Thomas Askew for the Contemporary Georgia Class.  According to the 1939 -1940 Bulletin of Armstrong Junior College, the Division of Social Sciences and History included, among other classes, the Contemporary Georgia class.  All students planning to attend the University System of Georgia were required to take this particular course.  Contemporary Georgia, considered a sociology course,  consisted of the study of "the economic, social, and political problems of Georgia with particular emphasis on regional and national problems which impinge, either directly or indirectly, on our state.  Human and natural resources, the conditions of agriculture and industry, and problems of state and local governments [were] surveyed." (taken form the  1939 -1940 Bulletin of Armstrong Junior College Volume IV, #1)  Two students, Ruth Christiansen and Elise Wortsman took on the responsibility of arranging the scrapbooks.  There appears to be no order to the arrangement, but perhaps that was done to show that despite the many upper-class houses, poverty surrounded the people of Savannah in the early 1940s.

      by Katherine D. Ferreira

Living in Savannah

Savannah Images Project