Edwin Rosskam: Negro family, Chicago, Illinois, 1941

There is a photo of a traditional African American family.

a Second Great Migration (1940 to 1970), in which 5 million or more people moved, including many to California and various western cities. This photo was taken in 1941, so maybe this family also moved.

In some ways enslaved African American families very much resembled other families who lived in other times and places and under vastly different circumstances. Some husbands and wives loved each other; some did not get along. Children sometimes abided by parent’s rules; other times they followed their own minds. Most parents loved their children and wanted to protect them. In some critical ways, though, the slavery that marked everything about their lives made these families very different.


Family, in my opinion, is someone who loves you and whom you love too. I think that the family in this point of view is one of the most important things in our life, and people who have no family are always lonely and moreover nobody takes care of them.

This is an oil painting about a happy family with two cute dogs.