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And Their Children After Them

The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South

by Dale Maharidge and Michael S. Williamson

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1990

In And Their Children After Them, writer/photographer team Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson return to the land and families captured in James Agee and Walker Evans’s inimitable Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, extending the project of conscience and chronicling the traumatic decline of King Cotton. With this continuation of Agee and Evans’s project, Maharidge and Williamson not only uncover some surprising historical secrets relating to the families and to Agee himself, but also effectively lay to rest Agee’s fear that his work, from lack of reverence or resilience, would be but another offense to the humanity of its subjects. Williamson’s ninety-part photo essay includes updates alongside Evans’s classic originals. Maharidge and Williamson’s work in And Their Children After Them was honored with the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction when it was first published in 1990.

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Dale Maharidge is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of And Their Children After Them, Journey to Nowhere, The Last Great American Hobo, and Homeland. A professor of journalism at Columbia University, he lives in Northern California and New York City.