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Photographs of Agnes Smedley:Foreign Correspondent in China


During the 1930s Agnes Smedley was a foreign correspondent in China's battlefields. Traveling with the 8th Route and New Fourth Armies she documented the Communist Revolution for the "Frankfurter Zeitung" and later the "Manchester Guardian." The following photographs were taken of Agnes Smedley during her coverage of the revolution in China.

 

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Agnes Smedley (center) and a military
group greeting her with a welcome sign.
1930s
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 42
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"I urge Chinese girl nurses of Hong Kong
to leave HongKong and go to the front to
serve their wounded countrymen."
1930s
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 42

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"Talking with the Women's Committee
of the 5th War Zone, Laohokuo." Standing,
Agnes Smedley (3rd from the right).
1930s
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 39
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"For years I was on the highways and
by-ways of China's battlefields. (I am the
figure just behind the foremost figure.)"
1930s
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 41
image Agnes Smedley with magistrate of Hwangchwan
left, and Major General Uang Chang-ping vice
admiral of the 7th army in N. Hupeh Province
1930s
Agnes Smedley Collection
Acc. #93-1116

 

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"Ching-li---lisiao Kwei" - orderly, Yeh
Fan Kwei, my translator, Agnes Smedley
and Ann Wang" [LilyWu and Anna Wang]
1937
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 42
 
image Agnes Smedley(far right) with her
friends Mao Tsetung(left) and general
Chu Teh in Yenan guerilla base.
1937
Photographer: Helen Foster Snow Magnum
Acc# 93-1116

 

Photographs and text by Agnes Smedley while she was a foreign correspondent during the Communist Revolution in China.

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"Leaders of Women's National Salvation
Association in Central China - in guerrilla territory."
1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 38
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Two Chinese speakers at
the 8th route Army"
ca 1938
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 38

 

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"The dramatic group of the Mass Mobilization
Committee of Lihwang, Anhwei, produces the
'Wang Ching-Wei-Hiranuma Pact' anti-traitor drama."
1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 38
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"Night welcome meeting. New 4th
Storm Guerrilla Detachment in
Central China, North HanKou"
1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 38

 

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"A hospital of the New 4th Army in an
ancestral temple in North Kiangsu Province,
North at Shanghai. I spent 8 months with this
army in the field and helped care for their wounded."
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 40
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"Korean volunteers at head table and left;
Jap [Japanese] captives on right."
1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 38


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"Chinese armies and railway men tore up their railways to prevent the Japanese from using them. Then the railway men carried away the steel rails and girders and welded them into big swords for soldiers and guerrillas to fight the enemy. This is a Chinese railway worker, member of a group of 60 railway workers who banded together to form a cooperative. They use blacksmith forges and bellows to melt and weld the steel rails, then hammer them into swords for use against the enemy."
1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
Volume 38, MSS 122

 

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"Captured Japanese trophies in the New
4th Army Headquarters." Agnes Smedley
was given some of the trophies (to the right). Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 25

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"Chinese factory workers have spiritual
faces--faces filled with suffering."
1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 39
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"For Sale, the child of Famine victims"
ca 1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
MSS-122 Vol. 40

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"A group of war-orphans of the communist guerrillas who spent half of their time studying and half writing and presenting small plays and singing patriotic songs for civilians and the troops. The child in the foreground with his head down is the boy I tried to adopt as my son."
1930s
Photographer: Agnes Smedley
Agnes Smedley Collection
Volume 38 MSS 122

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