Great Lives Series: Norman Rockwell

Twentieth-century illustrator Norman Rockwell reflected in his work much of what was good in America. He is known for his sweet depictions of small-town life—soda fountains, family scenes, Boy Scouts, town meetings, doctors’ offices, and boys with dogs—but one of his most touching images was a painful one from the Civil Rights Era: “The Problem We All Live With.”

This illustration of five-year-old Ruby Nell Bridges bravely integrating an all-white school system brought forward the problem of racism to the middle-American audience of the Saturday Evening Post.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2010, Stephanie Plunkett, Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum, gave a talk on this monarch who defined an age. The lecture was part of the University's Great Lives series. For more information on Norman Rockwell, check out this list of materials recommended by the reference staff of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.