Migrant Mother

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18-B Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother and Children, 1936 Dorothea Lange (1895–1965), Migrant Mother and Children (Destitute pea pickers in California, a 32 year old mother of seven children.), February 1936. Black-and-white photograph. Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information Photograph Collection. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

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Depression of the 1930s
The economic depression that beset the United States and other countries in the 1930s was unique in its magnitude and its consequences. At the depth of the depression, in 1933, one American worker in every four was out of a job. In other countries unemployment ranged between 15% and 25% of the labor force. The great industrial slump continued throughout the 1930s, shaking the foundations of Western capitalism.
Source: Pierce, Francis S. "Depression of the 1930s." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Grolier Online, 2010. Web. 28 Dec. 2010.


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