Library of Congress, LC_FSA_LC-USF34-016425-C
Migratory Mexican field worker’s home on the edge of a frozen pea field in California, 1937. Dorothea Lange, photographer.
Describe the home this family is living in.
Describe the environment this home is in.
What time period could this be? Why do you think that?
How long do you think the family may have lived here? Why do you think that?
What might be the positive aspects of being a migrant worker? The negative aspects?
Divide the photo into quadrants. Make a list of everything you see in each quadrant. What do these items tell you about the standard of living of this migrant family?
During the Great Depression, the government employed many artists, writers, and photographers to document the lives of migrant farm workers. Dorothea Lange was one of these photographers. Find more of her photos and compare the conditions she documented to those in this photo.
Research the effect of the Great Depression on farms, farm prices, and migrant labor in New York State.
Art: Imagine the small joys this family might have. Draw a picture that the child in the doorway might have drawn for her father. Use images appropriate to the family’s lifestyle.