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WPA History and Photographs

Page history last edited by Cher McDonald 3 years, 12 months ago

All five of the photographs were taken as part of the Works Progress Administration program to capture America during the Depression.  All photographs are from the Library of Congress.

 

Complete the following worksheet about the photographs and life history

WPA Photographs and Life History.pdf

 

The life history here is from the WPA and is also housed at the Library of Congress.

Depression Life Histories Mrs. Martin.pdf

 

 

 

 

"Christmas dinner in home of Earl Pauley. Near Smithfield, Iowa. Dinner consisted of potatoes, cabbage and pie"   

Photographer:  Russell Lee

Date  December  1936

 

  

"Woman and child, flood refugees in schoolhouse, Sikeston, Missouri"   

Photographer:  Russell Lee

Date  January  1937

 

 

"Children of May's Avenue Camp, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Their father is a trasher and they are playing with some of the things he picked up."   

Photographer:  Russell Lee

Date  July  1939

Dorothea Lange, photographer.

Imperial Valley, California, February and March 1937

Eighteen-year-old mother from Oklahoma, now a California migrant.

 

Dorothea Lange, photographer.

Imperial Valley, California, February and March 1937

Migratory Mexican field worker's home on the edge of a frozen pea field.

 

 

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