Great Depression

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Migrant Pea Pickers

Migrant pea pickers camp in the rain. California

Bread Line

Breadline at McCauley Water Street Mission under Brooklyn Bridge, New York.

Woman with Map

"Where is Tranquility, Calif.?", she asked ...

Children sign

Group of children posing under sign that reads "U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Security Administration Farm Workers Community"

Refugee Car

Oklahoma dust bowl refugees. San Fernando, California.


To harvest the crops of California thousands of families live literally on wheels, San Joaquin Valley


Along the highway near Bakersfield, California. Dust bowl refugees.


Family who traveled by freight train. Washington, Toppenish, Yakima Valley


Example of self-resettlement in California.

Migrant Mother

Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California.

Mother in Tent

Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is native Californian. Nipomo, California.

Chopping Cotton

Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains

dust storm

Photograph shows a father and children in a dust storm in Oklahoma, 1936

daughter of FSA client

Daughter of FSA client with canned food

washing feet

Mother washing children’s feet in a sharecropper’s shack in Missouri (1938)

girls in doorway

“Small girls sitting in doorway of house in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.”





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