Hopeful Eyes

Black and white image of a migrant farmer surrounded by his family.

Texas tenant farmer in Marysville, California, migrant camp during the peach season. 1927 made seven thousand dollars in cotton. 1928 broke even. 1929 went in the hole. 1930 still deeper. 1931 lost everything. 1932 hit the road. 1935, fruit tramp in California. Marysville, California. Photographer: Dorothea Lange, September 1935. From Library of Congress FSA Prints and Photographs. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017762893/

In September of 1935, FSA photographer Dorothea Lange captured this moment between a struggling father and his surviving family in Marysville, California. The community where this family resided was mainly composed of

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Tired Hope

Mexican mother in California. “Sometimes I tell my children that I would like to go to Mexico, but they tell me ‘We don’t want to go, we belong here.'” (Note on Mexican labor situation in repatriation.) June 1935. From Library of Congress Prints and Photographs. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b26837/?co=fsa

In June of 1935, well into the Great Depression, Dorothea Lange photographed a mother and her child in California. The mother talked about how she contemplates moving her and her children to Mexico, perhaps for

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Sometimes I Tell My Children

“Sometimes I tell my children that I would like to go to Mexico, but they tell me ‘We don’t want to go, we belong here.'” (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b26837/?co=fsa) , or as I like to call it, �Chubby Jesus� is a picture we rarely see in the discussion of the Great Depression. In a theater of dirty white children and gaunt face fathers next to stern, tight lipped mothers, we have something that approximates… hope? The first thing to catch my eye was the face of the mother in this

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A Pea Picker’s Home

A picture of a man standing outside of his car
One Pea Picker’s Home. One-half Mile off Highway 101 at Nipomo, California

Dorothea Lange took this photo in February of 1936 in Saint Luis Obispo County, California. It depicts a migrant worker and the car he lives in. This photo paints a familiar picture of the Great Depression. By depicting a migrant

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