Skip to page content
Office of the Secretary
Bookmark and Share
Books that Shaped Work in America

Recommend a Book Recommend a book Follow Us DOL Facebook DOL Twitter

Title    Author    Year    Contributors
Let us now Praise Famous Men

Let us now Praise Famous Men

Author: James Agee and Walker Evans

Year Published: 1941

Description: Let us now Praise Famous Men, written by James Agee and featuring photographs by Walker Evans, portrays the lives of three sharecropper families in the Depression-era American South. Published in 1941, it arose out of an assignment the two men originally did for Fortune magazine in the summer of 1936 and is widely considered a watershed work of photojournalism, lauded for its compelling and honest record of people and place. It was recognized by the New York Public Library as one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

Recommended by:

  • Public Submission

What others are Saying

'Isn't every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn't there a good deal to be said for recognizing that fact and for using both methods?'

Let us now Praise Famous Men

What does this book have to do with the U.S. Department of Labor?

The Department of Labor touches almost every aspect of working in America, including:

Books that Shaped Work in America             Title    Author    Year    Contributors    Printer Friendly List    Sortable List

Notable Contributors