In the book Paul Strand: Essays on his Life & Work there is a very good article, "Time in New England: Creating a Usable Past", by John Rohrbach. He provides a helpful analysis of the importance of this work. In his conclusion, Rohrbach states
By joining an active account of New England's history with classically framed, often understated, photogaphs, the authors demanded attention to the role of photograph as metaphor rather than illustration. Such a demand may have asked too much of their audience.
The prints in the Aperature edition are evocative of New England, its strength of character. Strand's later books also are inspiring for their ability to evoke a place in time.