Stalin's Revolution: An American in Moscow, 1930”
by Bill Husband, Professor, School of History, Philosophy and Religion
October 28 at 4 p.m. in the Archives Reading Room, fifth floor of the Valley
In 1930, Joseph
Stalin reached a critical point in his transformation of Soviet Russia.
Peasants had been forcibly moved into collective farms, heavy industrialization
moved forward at the frenetic pace of his first Five-Year Plan, and a cultural
revolution reconfigured Soviet life so thoroughly that no sphere of human
existence went untouched. Armed only with a camera and a perceptive eye, a
schoolteacher from Ohio named Elizabeth Day traveled into this world of
political oppression and economic shortage, and the photographic record of her
journey provides insights that go far beyond conventional textbook photographs.
an unusual talent to see what was extraordinary in scenes that might
superficially appear ordinary. She caught rare images of Stalin’s remaking of
the country that range from village life to industry to urban reconstruction. These
photographs were donated to the Special Collections and Archives Research
Center at the Valley Library by Dan and Lucy Hilburn of Salem.