Doctor or Doctress?

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A seemingly unstable but inhabited wooden home in the mountainous Applachian region of the United States. A table can be seen inside and the roof bears what appears to be a tin-can chimney.

Why It Matters

This condition of the home in this photo illustrates the rugged and impoverished circumstances of Appalachian residents. The AWH documented the region’s physical environment in their efforts to implement improvements in the health, hygiene, and welfare of the residents.

Analyze this evidence

  • From what you see in the photograph, what can you tell about the people and where they live?/ What do these photos tell us about the people’s living conditions?
  • Who do you think took this photo? Why?