Didn’t It Rain? On 7 May 1964 Rosetta Tharpe’s Blues And Gospel Train Thundered Into Manchester

By Paul Sorene, Flashbak   In 1964, Sister Rosetta Tharpe delivered a sensational live performance of Didn’t It Rain? in Manchester, England. Tharpe was part of the touring American Folk-Blues festival, which included such notable … Continue reading Didn’t It Rain? On 7 May 1964 Rosetta Tharpe’s Blues And Gospel Train Thundered Into Manchester

Lake Erie's Sterling State Park had been dangerously polluted by septic-tank wastes for eight years when this photo was made in 1968, but—despite warning signs—the state of Michigan still permitted swimming. Alfred Eisenstaedt - The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt of the Great Lakes Before the Clean Water Act

By Lily Rothman and Liz Ronk  |  TIME Magazine In 1968, LIFE magazine dispatched photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt to the Great Lakes to capture a crisis that required no national awareness day to make … Continue reading Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt of the Great Lakes Before the Clean Water Act

DOCUMERICA: A pictorial look at everyday life in 1970s America

In 1971, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced its DOCUMERICA project, an ambitious endeavor intended to photographically observe Americans, their surroundings, and their daily impact on the environment. With former National … Continue reading DOCUMERICA: A pictorial look at everyday life in 1970s America