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The Cover
February 3, 1999


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Edited by M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(5):401. doi:10.1001/jama.281.5.401

Inspired by Howard University philosophy professor Alain Locke, and by her graduate art professor at the University of Iowa, Grant Wood, Elizabeth Catlett (1915- ) chose to portray in her painting what she knew best: her own people in their everyday lives and work. Catlett, the granddaughter of slaves, was born in Washington, DC, on April 15, 1915, the youngest of three children of John and Mary Carson Catlett. Both parents were schoolteachers, but when her mathematician father died at an early age, her mother had to supplement the family income by sometimes taking on menial jobs.

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