by Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Life in the 1940s is captured in these telling photographs by a number of photographers, including Russell Lee, Jack Delano, Fenoo Jacobs, Arthur Rothstein, and John Vachon. The photos tell the stories of ordinary Americans while living in rural areas during the 1940s. ‘It was during that time that democracy and capitalism was embraced whilst totalitarian and colonialism was shunned and as a result, America rose to become a major industrial powerhouse’.

But before that time, many Americans lived a hard, no-frills life. Check out these photos to see what life was like back then.

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