Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Originally posted at The Desk of Brian: -- read it here:

Remembering the Great Depression, face to face, should help us understand the gravity of a weakened America. Our rising debt will dwarf those from World War II and the 1930's.

Are we to prepare? If so, how?

Thanks to Steve Beasley, a friend in New Zealand, who I hope to meet face to face someday.

California, February 1936.
”Destitute peapickers in California; a 32 year old mother of seven
children.” This iconic image has become known as “Migrant Mother” is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in Nipomo, California. Lange was concluding a month’s trip photographing migratory farm labor around the
state for what was then the Resettlement Administration.

February 1939. Calipatria,
Imperial Valley. Car on siding across tracks from pea packing plant.

Twenty-five year old itinerant, originally from Oregon. “On the road eight years, all over the country, every state in the union, back and
forth, pick up a job here and there, traveling all the time.”

November 1936. “Daughter of migrant Tennessee coal miner. Living in American River camp near Sacramento, California.”

December 1935. “Resettled farm child. From Taos Junction to Bosque Farms project, New Mexico.”

See all of the photos with descriptions here:

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