Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother
A woman stares of into the distance, resting her chin on her hand. Her face is careworn, worry lines etched deep on her brow, around her eyes. Her clothes, while not completely ruined, are threadbare and tatty. She seems to be sitting in some sort of ramshackle tent, made up of a few branches and a bolt of cloth. She holds a sleeping infant in her arms, and on each of her shoulders, two small children rest their heads. However, one thing seems to stand out the most in this scene; the expression on this mother’s face evokes feelings of exhaustion, unease, and fear or an uncertain future. The image described above might be one of the most famous, well known, and recognizable photographs to be taken in the…show more content… Other than the obvious stock market crash, the causes of the Depression are not specifically known, but many historians and economists attribute it to high amounts of debt, bank failures, and unregulated markets. All of these came together and brought to America a decade-long struggle filled with poverty and unemployment.
As if a crippling economic depression wasn’t enough, around the same time (1934-1940), dust storms that would cover the sky blew through the prairies of the U.S., mainly Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Poor farming techniques common during this period caused the topsoil to become loosened and unprotected. This, added to the fact the a sever drought was also happening, meant that the ever blowing winds of the plains whipped up the dust and carried it for miles. Overall, the Dust Bowl covered over 100,000,00 miles of land. The dust covered everything, and everyone in it’s path. It destroyed homes, buried crops, and rendered machinery useless. This made farming practically impossible, and trying to remain living in the Plains was becoming less and less possible.
Therefore, many farm families had no other choice than to pack all their belongings with them (what little hadn’t been destroyed by all the dust) and try to find a new home. Many families headed toward states such as California. There were estimated to be around 500,000 immigrants displaced during this time period. Not only was the