The only way to deal with the problems of these people is to give them justice as this is the only thing that can bring all humans on equal terms with one another. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (by James Agee and Walker Evans) provides information into the insight of human psyche, and how a common man becomes a victim of racial and discriminatory acts. Although the book is concerned with Alabama tenant families of 1930s during the Roosevelt era, yet the similarities of the issue are visible even now when we see recent discriminatory laws of 2012 in some of the US states (against other races) in the guise of stopping fake voters to manipulate the presidential elections. This, in actual practice, is the disenfranchising of the distressed people.
James Agee still seems to be relevant when we see a large number of students of the other races finding it difficult to meet resources to get education. This is against the achievements of the colored people which they got during 1960s.
Both Walker Evans and James Agee have stressed on changes in fundamental attitudes of people. They deal with the subject with an unusual approach, and depict the very ‘soul’ of the suffering humanity. They reject the status quo values of the society, and want a new way of addressing the social issues of life. This amalgamation of a photographer and an author, literally as well as symbolically, depicted the precarious and agonizing situation recurring in the society, and wanted people to get their rights in society.
The work led President Roosevelt to formulate a new Law in favor of tenants after the President’s re-election for the second term. The work, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, impressed people as well as the President and the distressed people of the society got their rights.
Same kind of innovative literary and artistic works are required to bring even more reforms in the society so as to make education of all kinds accessible to all in equal terms. Agee’s delineation of the ...Show more