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    Overview of Photojournalist Margaret Bourke White

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    In twelve pages this paper examines the amazing life and work of feminist photojournalist Margaret Bourke White who refused to put down her camera until forced to by the ravages of Parkinson's disease. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    independent with an assertive motto of "you can". Although she graduated with a degree in the sciences, Bourke-White soon gained a reputation as a competent industrial photographer which attracted the  attention of Henry Luce the editor and publisher of Fortune and later Life magazine who hired her as the first female photojournalist. Bourke-White was the war correspondent for Life magazine  and the U.S. Air Force and was also the first female journalist allowed in combat. During her war years, she was the first correspondent in the Soviet Union and captured  the bombing of the Kremlin by the Nazis on film, was torpedoed in the ship which was taking her to Northern Africa and accompanied Patton and the United States troops  on their tour of the concentration camps in Germany. Back home in the United States, in collaboration with her second husband, novelist Erskine Caldwell, on several photo texts on the  inequalities of the American social and class system. Bourke-White continued to be an inspiration to feminists and photojournalists during her entire career and in the mid 1950s when she discovered  she had Parkinsons Disease and could no longer take photographs, she wrote her autobiography during over eight years. Margaret Bourke-White died in Connecticut in 1971. The Early Years and Background  Margaret Bourke-White was born in The Bronx, New York on June 14, 1904, although some sources place her year of birth as 1906.  Her father, Joseph White was of Polish-Jewish background and was an inventor and an engineer who believed in education and equal opportunity for all of his children. He was a  practical progressive thinker and dismissed his Jewish background. He died during her freshman year in college. Her mother, Minnie Bourke was of Irish-English descent, was considered a loving, supportive and 

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